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Awards joy for the owners of Snettisham pub

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It has been cause for celebration for a Snettisham pub after it scooped the top spot in the UK following a year of innovation throughout the 2020 lockdowns.

The Rose and Crown’s landlady and landlord, Jeannette and Anthony Goodrich, were named Licensees of the Year 2021 by the Good Pub Guide.

Editors of the guide praised their continuing enthusiasm, innovative thinking and appreciation of their local customers during a rollercoaster year.

Jeannette and Anthony celebrating with a Christmas cracker by the fireplace
Jeannette and Anthony celebrating with a Christmas cracker by the fireplace

This accolade was swiftly followed by the pub being named Norfolk Dining Pub of the Year 2021, for the second year in a row. The 14th century inn has also been named in the Top 10 UK pubs.

Mr Goodrich said: “We had a cracking summer once we had reopened on July 4, with a real feeling of how much people enjoy being out and in the company of others, even if not sitting at the same table.”

“The second, November, lockdown came as a disappointment, as was Norfolk being categorised as Tier 2 for our reopening on December 2.

“However the outlook is encouraging with lots of bookings coming through, for both dining and accommodation, and we hope that 2021 will see a real bounce back for ourselves and all the other pubs that have been through such a difficult time.”

The pub was chosen by Prince William for a post-lockdown visit in July to officially relaunch the hospitality industry.

Throughout the 2020 lockdowns, the Rose and Crown became a community hub when it opened a shop selling food and drink, fresh vegetables and bread.

This supported various other local businesses to survive by selling goods from the local butcher and fishmonger among others.

They also introduced a takeaway service and hosted Mr Bordoli’s Pizza Van every Thursday night.

Jeannette added: “We are going full tilt into the Christmas season with the lights and decorations sparkling, the fires burning, candles lit, mulled wine on tap and home made Christmas puddings and mince pies on sale in Dave’s Bakery.

“This is the year of small but extra special celebrations, and we will shortly be serving Christmas meals for both diners and takeaways.”

Anthony said: “We are delighted for our staff - they are a key element in winning this award, and it is a great endorsement of their dedication and hard work.”

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