The Kings Head Bawburgh has been named winner of the Pub/Bar of the Year award, sponsored by The Gin Trap Inn, at the Norfolk Food & Drink Awards 2023.

Established in 1983, The Kings Head Bawburgh is a countryside gastropub that will have been under the ownership of the Wimmer family for 40 years this year.

This freehouse pub and inn feels like a home from home, with guests welcomed and catered for by a team of 30 dedicated staff. It also has two AA rosettes and four AA gold stars.

The judges visited on a very busy Thursday lunchtime and received a friendly welcome and helpful service. There was a good menu that was well-priced, and the food was cooked to perfection.

The judges described the village pub as “charming and cosy”, adding that is was “such a great pub, no wonder it was busy!”

The King Head’s owner Anton Wimmer said: “Winning Pub Of The Year in what is our 40th year is just simply incredible.

“Our team work extremely hard and are passionate about serving delicious food in a welcoming home from home environment.

“To be recognised by the Norfolk Food and Drink Awards is the icing on the cake in our 40th year. Norfolk has the most amazing food and drink scene and we’re glad to be a small part of it.”


Finalist: The Kings Head, Letheringsett

The Kings Head is a country inn set in the Norfolk countryside. It has four boutique rooms, a one-rosette restaurant and a large garden, as well as a lively bar.

The Kings Head prides itself on offering up local ingredients with a wide range of Norfolk beers, spirits and wines. It has a small, skilled team, whose main goal is to make people happy.

The judges said the mainroom of this friendly country pub has tons of character, commenting on the bunches of dried hops adorning the ceiling.

“It was nice to see a decent group of locals having a couple of pints at lunchtime midweek,” they said, adding that the interesting food menu and wine list made it “just what a country pub should be”.


Finalist: The Loddon Swan

The Loddon Swan is a lively local with excellent food. Over the last eight years, the team has opened three phases of accommodation, totalling 10 rooms, and achieved 4-star inn status, while the kitchen team achieved and maintained two AA rosettes.

The majority of the small team of 20 are long-standing employees with at least four years working at The Loddon Swan.

The judges described the pub as “charming and full of character and style”, adding that it has all the features you would expect to attract every age group: a central bar, quaint dining rooms, a large pretty garden and a children’s play area.

To find out more about all the winners, please click here.

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