Norfolk firm named brewery of the year by the Good Pub Guide

12:20 04 September 2014


Woodforde's Brewery in the broadland village of Woodbastwick. Managing Director Rupert Farquharson. March 2014 Picture: James Bass

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A Norfolk business has been crowned brewery of the year for the first in its history in the latest publication of the pub-goers bible.


Success for Norfolk pubs

More than 20 Norfolk pubs feature as main entries in the 2015 Good Pub Guide, including the overall national pub of the year.

The Rose and Crown in Snettisham, in west Norfolk, has been named as pub of the year in the annual publication.

The Orange Tree at Thornham was also named Norfolk dining pub of the year.

Other main entries in the guide are:

• King’s Head at Bawburgh.

• The Hoste at Burnham Market.

• Crown at Burston.

• Ostrich at Castle Acre.

• The George at Cley.

• The Crown at East Rudham.

• King’s Head at Great Bircham.

• Dabbling Duck at Great Massingham.

• The Victoria at Holkham.

• Bank House in King’s Lynn.

• Angel at Larling.

• Anchor at Morston.

• Jolly Farmers at North Creake.

• Fat Cat in Norwich.

• Dun Cow in Salthouse.

• The Duck Inn at Stanhoe.

• Wilderbeast at Stoke Holy Cross.

• Lifeboat at Thornham.

• Gunton Arms, Thorpe Market.

• Wiveton Bell at Wiveton.

• Saracens Head at Wolterton.

• Fur and Feather Inn at Woodbastwick.

Officials from Woodforde’s spoke of their delight after receiving one of the industry’s finest accolades in the The Good Pub Guide 2015.

The company, which has been brewing beers for more than 30 years, has won a number of prestigious awards for its individual beers such as Nelson’s Revenge and Wherry, but this is the first time it has been crowned UK brewery of the year.

Rupert Farquharson, managing director of the Woodbastwick-based brewery, said it was particularly pleasing to win the award, which was based completely on reader feedback.

“We are delighted to have won this important award. It is particularly rewarding because it’s a result of nominations from beer lovers across the county and recognises our passion for brewing great beer that people actually want to drink,” he said.

Anthony and Janet Goodrich with the staff at the Rose & Crown in Snettisham. Picture: Matthew Usher.Anthony and Janet Goodrich with the staff at the Rose & Crown in Snettisham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The Good Pub Guide, now in its 33rd edition, receives regular feedback from over 2,000 loyal and eagle eyed correspondents who looks for real warmth and quality in service. It is the pub-goers’ recommendations, backed up by editor inspections, that determines who’s in and who’s out year on year.

Fiona Stapley, editor for the Good Pub Guide, said: “Our readers love their ales and we get lots of warm praise for a great many beers, but the Woodforde’s ales receive special mention. It’s clear that their beers are incredibly popular.

“The fact that they have their own bore hole and use local barley and quite an array of local hops just adds to their credentials – especially at a time when public demand is for local produce. And their tap pub next door, the Fur & Feather keeps their full range of beers so notably well, is quite charming and again, our readers love it.”

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1 comment

  • Congratulations to Woodforde's. An excellent brewer and great Norfolk business success story. However, I used to buy the Pub Guide and the CAMRA Beer Guide but stopped buying the former because frankly, there were too many entries that weren't really pubs at all. A good example is in the list in the panel on the right. The Wildebeast is a fab place to eat, but is it a pub? Not in my book. When I used to live in Stoke Holy Cross I would get on my bike to the Globe in Shotesham if I wanted a pint. The Beer Guide on the other hand is about great beer, in great pubs and if the food happens to be good too, it says so.

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    Tom Jeffries

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