When an opportunity arose to take on The Victory Inn in Clenchwarton, Gary Brookes, jumped at the chance as he could move nearer to family.
His son and daughter-in-law, Nick and Lauren Brookes, live in West Norfolk and Lauren works at the pub. Gary has 25 years’ experience in the pub trade in Hertfordshire. He said: “It was something I always had in mind to do in four or five years’ time, but when The Victory came up, it was a great opportunity and I decided to try to come sooner rather than later.” His wife, Stella, is continuing to run their pub business in Hertfordshire, but will join him in the future. “Everyone has been very welcoming. I have several ideas in the pipeline, including a charity garden festival in September. Our menu will include traditional favourites plus a specials board featuring homemade, locally sourced food.” Pub quizzes will be on the first Wednesday of the month.