Awards to celebrate Broads businesses

The best places to eat, drink and be merry while holidaying on the Broads were celebrated at the third annual Broads Awards at the weekend.

The awards, which are voted for by members of www.thenorfolkbroads.org (NBO), recognise pubs, restaurants, shops and boating services which make holidays easier and more enjoyable for tourists who visit the area each year.

As well as promoting local busineses with awards, NBO was set up as a forum for boatowners and holidaymakers to share information and tips and now has more than 300 registered members.

NBO administrator Pete Marr, who lives in Milton Keynes and comes to the Broads as often as possible after buying a boat here nine years ago, said: 'The idea of awards came from one of our members and we set it up as a way to thank all the people who work so hard in pubs and shops around the Broads.

'It is nice for them to get recognition from people like us who come back here several times a year because we love it so much.'

One of the winners at Saturday's awards ceremony at the Bridge Inn in Acle was Caroline Dwen, who won the best cafe award for her teashop, Rosie Lee's, in Loddon.

She said: 'I'm over the moon. I love my shop and I love being in Loddon, so it is very special to win an award for that. I can truly say these awards make a real difference to businesses. The recession has been difficult, but these awards give us much-needed credbility.'

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One of the pubs to gain several awards was the Dog Inn at Ludham, named most dog-friendly pub, home of the best Broadland pint and most improved business.

Landlady Lorraine Clinch, who runs the pub with husband Geoff, said: 'This is a fabulous way to award businesses, and it's a real boost for our family and all our staff.

'We love seeing people come back to our pub through their week's holiday and we enjoy knowing that we're part of making their time here enjoyable.'

The Broads Awards 2010 winners

Best pub grub: The Bridge Inn, Acle

Most child-friendly pub: The Bridge Inn, Acle

Most dog-friendly pub: The Dog Inn, Ludham

Most smoker-friendly pub: The New Inn, Horning

Best pub moorings: The Bridge Inn, Acle

Best Broadland pint: The Dog Inn, Ludham

Best pub music venue: The Lord Nelson, Reedham

Best local shop: Ludham Bridge Stores

Best restaurant: The Hermitage, Acle

Best cafe: Rosie Lee's, Loddon

Best chippy: Lim's, Loddon

Best international takeaway: Golden City, Horning

Best family attraction: Bewilderwood

Best hireboat yard: Whispering Reeds, Hickling

Best boat services: Boulters, Horning

Best kept riverside property: The Bridge Inn, Acle

Most improved business of the year: The Dog Inn, Ludham