One of the county’s best-known pubs has reopened its doors.

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As reported in the Norwich Evening News, the Ratcatchers Inn, at Eastgate, Cawston, closed last month.

Peter McCarter, who had been in charge of the pub for 14 years, blamed tough trading conditions, cheap alcohol at supermarkets and the increased VAT rate of 20pc, which the government introduced at the start of the year, for the closure of the award-winning business.

It has now been taken over by Dean Critoph, who also owns the Royal Oak in Bintree, near Dereham, and reopened last Monday. Mr Critoph, 38, who lives in Weston Longville and has just closed the Enterprise Inns-owned Fox and Hounds in Lyng, said: “Everyone knows the Ratcatchers, it’s a household name, and as soon as we knew it was coming up, we tried to get in there as soon as possible.

“We have had massive support from Greene King and from the local community. Customers started to come back as soon as we reopened, which was fantastic.”

The pub has been bought as a freehold. Mr McCarter, who last month feared he was going to lose his home as well as his job, has been kept on as manager and Donna Woollard has taken over as head chef.

There are plans to extend the building in the future.

Mr Critoph, who has been in the pub trade for 25 years and is a trained chef, said: “We’re going to continue to do what the Ratcatchers is best known for – good service and good food.”

10 comments

  • I`m sure I may not comment.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

  • Another little comment, Mr Critoph is 38 and has been in the pub trade for 25 years, how does that work ?

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    crunchy dick

    Monday, October 15, 2012

  • at the start Mr Critoph is trying to trade off the reputation of the Royal Oak then shoots himself in the foot and says that it will be service as usual at the Ratcatchers; Good Luck with that one.

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    George Ezekial

    Monday, October 15, 2012

  • "Owns" is not the same as "leases" is it ??

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    brickkiln

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012

  • Can't help noticing that none of the factors that Peter McCarter blamed for the closure have changed, and don't seem likely to. Good luck to them though.

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    a_chilly_seal

    Monday, October 15, 2012

  • There are loads of Arthur Daleys and Walter Mittys in the pub trade.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

  • Good news for the Ratcatchers indeed, although not quite such good news for the residents of Lyng !

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    crunchy dick

    Monday, October 15, 2012

  • It is in fact good news for The residents of Lyng , as we may actually get someone decent to run the pub. Also before he starts slapping his name all over the paper, he may want to pay his previous employees for all the hard work that they have none for him. Best of luck to his new employees you are going to need it.

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    Dixie

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012

  • Just goes to show that going out to the pub for a drink and a chat is no longer the norm. Instead every one is expected to dosh out for the food! What happens if you just want to mull over the day with a pint? You're not welcome anymore. Might as well stay at home with your supermarket bargains.

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    JULIE SAVORY

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012

  • If I try to actually SAY something, it is blocked.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

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