A famous Norfolk pub that has been a landmark on the main road between Norwich and Wroxham for centuries has closed, after the landlord said he was losing money and could not continue trading.

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Iestyn Thomas took over the Green Man pub, in Wroxham Road, Rackheath about 16 months ago. But he said that the wash-out summer had hit the pub hard and he had been forced to close up yesterday.

Mr Thomas said: “We cannot continue trading as we are losing money. It’s a very difficult industry to be in at the moment, in the middle of a recession. There are a lot of pubs going out of business, and there have been for a long time. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to offer value for money, with the overheads we have. The summer weather was bad as well.”

The pub is a popular live music venue and also famed for its Tuesday night jazz evenings, which are now in their 10th year. It’s a member of the Norwich Inns buying group of licensed premises, which also includes Broadland Taverns, whose managing director Mike Lorenz said: “It’s very much indicative of the times we are living in. Pubs are struggling to meet their costs and ultimately licensees have to decide whether it’s viable to carry on.”

The pub is part of the Wellington Pub Company estate, which was unavailable for comment yesterday.

The Evening News’ Love your Local campaign has urged people to either use or risk losing their local pubs.

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7 comments

  • Yet another nail in the coffin that is Norfolk. Traditional Jazz lovers will be major losers, as this fine hostelry has for several years served as a well-recognised venue. Will be sadly missed, RIP.

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    ThassaRummunInnit?

    Tuesday, November 6, 2012

  • Usual veto. Hey-ho. Your loss.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • Its sad to see this pub closing, spent many an afternoon in there when it was just a pub, that was over ten years ago. Good memories

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    Amanda L

    Thursday, November 8, 2012

  • I was first granted a justices licence in 1994, so I might know alittle bit about the trade. It is sad this pub has had to close, but their is not one single reason for the bristish pubs decline, its a combination of All day opening, The smoking ban, and the strength of the supermarkets. The other factor is that the pub-co;s will grant any tom,dick or harry a tenancy. Until 2009 i was employed to teach newbies how to make their business work, but the attitude i came across 9 times out of 10 was "I know", when in actual fact they knew nothing.

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    pubmandave

    Tuesday, November 6, 2012

  • So disappointed to hear this as we had booked a lunch for 10 of the family to celebrate our 60th Wedding Anniverary. We have been there before and really enjoyed the company food etc. Back to the drawing board guys.

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    Bodicia

    Tuesday, November 6, 2012

  • Its sad to see this pub closing, spent many an afternoon in there when it was just a pub, that was over ten years ago. Good memories

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    Amanda L

    Thursday, November 8, 2012

  • There should be some recognition of the importance of village pubs in general as possible centres of social activity and business rates adjusted accordingly to help them stay in business when margins are tight. Seems a shame that openly commercial charity shops which feed the salaries of fundraisers get business rates leeway and village halls can sell alcohol more cheaply than pubs because of the way they are run, but landlords of village pubs struggle to make a living.

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, November 6, 2012

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