Snettisham’s Rose and Crown is celebrating being named Pub of the Year in the Good Pub Guide 2015, one of the most coveted titles in the UK.
Owners Anthony and Jeannette Goodrich, who also own and run Lynn’s Bank House, were delighted and both paid tribute to their dedicated team of staff.
Said Anthony: “I am thrilled for all our staff – they are one of the key elements in this success. They all take immense pride in being part of the Rose and Crown team and the award is a great endorsement of their dedication and hard work.”
And Jeannette added: “Our staff are a very happy team and very proud of the business and I think that this award will enhance that.”
The Good Pub Guide praised the Rose and Crown’s traditional pub atmosphere, beer and locally sourced food. Its choice of winner is based on recommendations made by pub visitors writing in. Last year the pub was short listed in the top ten.
Said Jeanette: “When we took the pub over 20 years ago, one of our key thoughts was that we must keep the marvellous drinking areas, with their low beams, log fires and great atmosphere. It’s always welcoming and has a laid back feel, with the murmur of voices and laughter. It’s just how a village pub should be and at the heart of the business it is a drinking pub.
“Visitors to the area get scooped up into it, while it is also very much the ‘local’ for people who live here. We sponsor the local cricket and football teams, and their details and photos are up on the walls.”
The 14th century pub, which has 16 bedrooms, serves a selection of real ales, has a wine list chosen by a local wine enthusiast and offers a wide range of organic fruit juices.
Said Jeanette: “We love food at the Rose and Crown and head chef Jamie Clarke’s menu combines traditional pub favourites with more exotic dishes using the wonderful produce of the area wherever possible.
“Our signature dishes remain our famous hamburgers made with prime Norfolk beef and our spectacular fish and chips.”
The pub employs 35 staff, most of who live nearby, and its general manager Kim Tinkler has been in charge for ten years. Head chef Jamie Clarke has been there for 12 years and is in charge of a kitchen team of seven chefs.
Outside the pub has an enclosed garden which features a wooden climbing ship, The Merry Rose, for youngsters to climb aboard.