King’s Lynn pub, Bank House named best in country

The Bank House in King's Lynn has been awarded Town Pub of the Year 2017 by The Good Pub Guide. Pict

The Bank House in King's Lynn has been awarded Town Pub of the Year 2017 by The Good Pub Guide. Pictured at the front are (L) Whitney Lee and Danielle Birchenough. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

It has taken just eight years for Bank House in King's Lynn to become the place to eat, drink and stay in the town.

And owners Anthony and Jeannette Goodrich, who bought it in 2008, are now celebrtaing winning UK Town Pub of the Year 2017 in the Good Pub Guide.

The Grade II* listed Georgian townhouse in King's Staithe Square in the heart of the old town, was built in 1700 for a wealthy merchant, and later became one of Barclay's first branches.

As well as the buzzy bar, which is in the bank's original high-ceilinged counting house and bank manager's office, it also boasts a number of separate dining areas, a west facing riverside terrace to watch the sunset, as well as 12 bedrooms.

Mrs Goodrich said: 'This award demonstrates that it is possible, at a time when pubs across the UK are closing, to open a new one and make it work. 'We have worked hard to put Bank House at the centre of the community.

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'We actively support the superb King's Lynn Festival and fringe events and Festival Too, and organise regular historic tours of the town, raising awareness of its fascinating history and architecture.'

Her husband added: 'I am very proud of what we and our team have achieved at Bank House. Not only have we given new life to an important historic building, but we have brought new visitors to this beautiful, previously undiscovered part of town.

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'It is great to see other new bars, restaurants and galleries opening in the disused pubs and warehouses around us. It just shows that if you offer a quality product, people will come.'

It's the second award for the couple, who also own The Rose and Crown at Snettisham, near Hunstanton, which was The Good Pub Guide's UK Pub of the Year 2015.

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