Rose & Crown at Snettisham, Norfolk is named Pub of the Year

04 September 2014 by
Rose & Crown at Snettisham, Norfolk is named Pub of the Year

The Rose & Crown at Snettisham, Norfolk, has been named Pub of the Year amid a flourishing pub scene, according to the Good Pub Guide 2015, released this week.

The guide said that 2014 heralded a new boom period for pubs after several difficult years. It suggested that a new wave of exciting and energetic licensees were contributing to the industry's current success.

Co-editor Fiona Stapely told The Caterer: "It's been a really tough recession, but the publicans seem to be much more optimistic about their future. It's still a big struggle for a lot of people, but things are picking up."

However, pubs must keep evolving, she added. "Pubs need to talk with their customers, and have the right product at the right price, whatever that might be. You've got to decide how you want to run your pub, and stick to it."

Stapely stressed that "offering really good food is paramount" for pubs to thrive, but that this could mean anything from a home-baked ham roll and crisps for local walkers at lunchtime, to a more high-end restaurant for destination diners.

She added: "That's what's so great about pubs in this country - they are so diverse. There is always something for everyone."

The Rose & Crown at Snettisham was congratulated by Stapely and for its inclusive approach.

She said: "Certain pubs stand out over the year as places that are truly special, featuring again and again in readers' reports. The Rose & Crown at Snettisham prompted rave comments from readers, [such as]: 'a seamless and enjoyable experience', 'constantly impressed', and 'unquestionably good'.

- "It's a fantastic pub; always looking for what its customers want and need, from dog-walkers to families to couples, and locals too. It covers everything, with local bar snacks right up to very good food; a walled garden, open fires. It's what a pub should be."

Pub licensees Jeannette Goodrich, who has owned and operated the pub with 16 rooms, alongside her husband Anthony since 1994, said: "We're absolutely thrilled. It's great that it's a pub award, because even though we do good food and dining, we've very consciously tried to keep it a pub at heart. We also have friendly, local and polite staff. If you have a good product, people will come."

THE PRICE OF A PINT

The guide's national survey of England-wide beer prices this year found a 76p difference between the most expensive pint and the cheapest. The average price is now £3.31.How did your county fare?

Most rip-off
Surrey, London

Best bargain Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Derbyshire, Cumbria, Staffordshire, Northamptonshire, Northumbria, Yorkshire

Most expensive Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Scottish Islands, Kent, Hertfordshire, Sussex, Berkshire

Most fairly-priced
Wales, Shropshire, Cornwall, Somerset, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire

Most average-priced
Cheshire, Leicestershire & Rutland, Devon, Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire, Bedfordshire, Wiltshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Dorset, Suffolk, Isle of Wight, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Scotland, Hampshire, Norfolk

THE GOOD PUB GUIDE WINNERS

Pub of the Year
Rose and Crown, Snettisham, Norfolk

Dining Pub of the Year
Pipe and Glass, South Dalton, Yorkshire

New Pub of the Year
Church Inn, Mobberley, Cheshire

Own Brew Pub of the Year Church Inn, Uppermill, Lancashire

Beer Pub of the Year Nags Head, Malvern, Worcestershire

Whisky Pub of the Year
Sligachan Hotel, Sligachan, Isle of Skye

Wine Pub of the Year Woods, Dulverton, Somerset

Unspoilt Pub of the Year
Square & Compass, Worth Matravers, Dorset

Town Pub of the Year
Old Harkers Arms, Chester, Cheshire

Country Pub of the Year
English Partridge, Bighton, Hampshire

Inn of the Year
New Inn, Cerne Abbas, Dorset

Value Pub of the Year
Ring O'Bells, Lathom, Lancashire

Licensees of the Year
The Mainey Family, Crown, Roecliffe, Yorkshire

Brewery of the Year Woodfordes Ltd, Norwich

Pub Group of the Year
Provenance Inns, Durham Ox, Crayke, York

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