Today's Norwich Pub of the Week is the Prince of Denmark, which is famous for its 1930s wall mural by artist Moray-Smith, which was repainted by one of its customers in 1997
PUBLISHED: 09:59 13 January 2012 | UPDATED: 10:14 13 January 2012
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Thousands of motorists who drive along Sprowston Road on their way to work will know the Prince of Denmark pub from its famous wall mural by artist Moray-Smith.
Painted in the 1930s it was repaired by pub customer Antony Murray in 1997 and is a stunning work of art.
Regulars are justifiably proud of it but are just as pleased that the local is a traditional community pub that is a home from home and looks after its own.
Steve Brookes, who has managed the pub for leaseholder Martin Woods for two years, has been in the pub industry since he started as a washer-upper as a 12-year-old nearly a quarter of a century ago.
He said: “I used to do the washing-up and work in the kitchen at a pub as a 12-year-old, so it was always something I wanted to do.
“It’s a life not a career. I know it’s hard work but I get enough free time - when I’m behind the bar it’s free time, really, as you get to talk to your friends and take their money.”
He said that most of the customers at the pub were regulars, as it did not attract that much passing trade.
“To be fair the pub runs itself,” he said. “It’s a good family pub and I see the regulars on a daily basis. They all come in to annoy me.”
He previously held the lease at the Pickwick pub, now the Earlham Arms, in Earlham Road, Norwich, which has unfortunately closed.
The pub has two cribbage teams, a ladies’ dart team, and a football team, and despite tough times for the industry overall, is “ticking over”, he said.
“We are ticking over because of the regulars really, and we are a community pub,” he added.
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