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Today’s Pub of the Week is the Green Dragon in Wymondham, where monks were reputedly once among the patrons, and today’s regulars can choose from 60 different whiskies

PUBLISHED: 12:06 23 March 2012

The Green Dragon at Wymondham, pub of the week. Landlords David Bear, left, and Justin Harvey. Picture: Denise Bradley

The Green Dragon at Wymondham, pub of the week. Landlords David Bear, left, and Justin Harvey. Picture: Denise Bradley

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Not many pubs are as ancient as the Green Dragon in Wymondham, so it’s not surprising it’s so popular with American tourists.

Even the doors are ancient, with visible scorch marks from the great fire of Wymondham in 1615.

There’s even a door inside the pub which, legend has it, was once used by monks from the nearby abbey.

Those same monks were said to be frequent patrons of the pub, and if the medieval watering hole was anything like the current incarnation, I would not be surprised.

Locals must feel proud when they visit the Admiral Taverns-owned Green Dragon.

And visitors can also expect a warm welcome from joint landlords Justin Harvey and David Bear, who took over in November 2009.

Their story shows that being made redundant does not always have to be the end of the world. Justin lost his sales job while David was given the boot from his IT job at Norwich Union/Aviva in Norwich.

“We had a mad thought of running a pub and three weeks later we were in here,” they said.

They had no business plan and despite the pub needing work at the time, they could see its potential.

And Justin had experience of pubs after previously working at the Coach and Horses in Union Street, Norwich.

He said: “I had been looking at another Norwich pub, but had been let down. We did not want to change The Green Dragon too quickly. We took three days to clean it up and put a raised decking area in the beer garden, which is very popular in the summer.”

Next month they plan to open a function room upstairs at the pub, but regulars will be glad to hear there are no plans to introduce jukeboxes, fruit machines, dartboards or pool rooms at the pub – they are all banned.

David said: “It was always known as an old man’s pub, but we have changed that. We have also made it much more user-friendly for single women.”

They host a biannual beer festival and sell four real ales and 60 different whiskies.

The Evening News has been urging people to return to pubs in our Love your Local campaign.

To see more stories from the campaign visit www.eveningnews24.co.uk/loveyourlocal.

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