The Coach and Horses in Dersingham has been named as the West Norfolk CAMRA pub of the year.
Landlady Sheila Roythorne promptly burst into tears upon hearing of the accolade.
“Oh my goodness, I never thought I would win,” said the delighted Sheila.
She has worked in the pub trade in various locations around Norfolk including 23 years in the nearby Feathers Inn.
The fine drink available at the pub played a part in her becoming landlady of the pub.
Whilst drinking at the pub one evening, she was approached by the owner, inquiring as to why she had not taken the pub on.
Sheila admits that her reply of “OK, why not?” may have been influenced by the amount she had consumed but it all ended happily as she has been landlady for the past seven years.
A keen music lover Sheila has supported many local bands over this period.
Delicious home cooked food is served every day, lovingly prepared by ‘Peppercorn Kitchens” run by Sheila’s daughter Helen.
She said: “Helen and I were so pleased when we heard the Coach and Horses was nominated for West Norfolk CAMRA pub of the year and thrilled when told that we had won.
“It has only been possible with the hard work of all the staff at the Coach, so we would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to them, especially to Ray Hindley who does such a great job managing our cellar and maintaining the quality of the real ale.
“We also could not have done it without the continued support of our fantastic customers who make the Coach what it is.”
The Coach will now go forward to CAMRA’s Norfolk pub of the year competition.
Steve Barker CAMRA branch chairman said “ I am very pleased that the Coach and Horses at Dersingham has been chosen by the branch members as the King’s Lynn and the West Norfolk pub of the year.
“Many congratulations to Sheila and her team. This is a well deserved award to a pub that is very much a part of the community and has regular music, beer festivals and other events .”