There were cheers in the bar as staff and customers learnt they were working and drinking in West Norfolk’s Best Bar, as chosen by Lynn News readers.
The team at the Coach and Horses, on Manor Road, Dersingham, has been celebrating this week after it won the public poll to find the area’s top watering hole, receiving 25 per cent of the vote.
But landlady Sheila Roythorne couldn’t believe the pub had won the trophy.
She said: “I don’t know what to say. I really didn’t expect this.”
The public’s seal of approval has capped off a memorable 2014 for the pub, which won the titles of West Norfolk’s and Norfolk’s pub of the year from CAMRA.
The pub has again been nominated for the West Norfolk award in 2015.
And there was also praise from the Lynn and District branch of Guide Dogs for the Blind, whom the pub’s customers have donated hundreds of pounds towards during the year.
But Mrs Roythorne, who took over the pub in March 2006, was in no doubt as to the secret of its success.
She said: “Lovely staff. Great, caring staff make a big difference.”
And while there are no major development plans for the coming year, Mrs Roythorne said her aim was to keep up the good work during 2015.
The Crown and Mitre, in Ferry Street, Lynn, was second in the vote, while the Victory Inn on Main Road, Clenchwarton was third.
The other finalists were Bar Red, of Norfolk Street, Lynn, the Carpenter’s Arms on Lynn Road, East Winch, the Farmer’s Arms at South Wootton, the Foldgate Inn at Stradsett, the Hare Arms on Lynn Road, Stow Bardolph, the King William on Churchgate Way, Terrington St Clement, the King’s Arms on The Green, Shouldham, the Stag Inn on Low Road, West Acre and the White Hart on St James’ Street, Lynn.