Pub saved by villagers continues to toast success with winter beer festival

Landlord Ian Skinner at the King's Arms in Shouldham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Landlord Ian Skinner at the King's Arms in Shouldham. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

A pub saved by its villagers in a fundraising campaign backed by the EDP will continue to celebrate its success with a winter beer festival this weekend.

The Kings Arms in Shouldham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The Kings Arms in Shouldham. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

The residents of Shouldham rallied round to save the King's Arms from permanent closure amid fears of losing their last remaining watering hole in the village.

Alongside winning a grant to help buy the historic venue overlooking the village green from Punch Taverns, people raised a huge amount from selling shares to residents to ensure it is run by the community, for the community.

The groundbreaking campaign, which paved the way for many other community pubs, won widespread backing - including from celebrity Stephen Fry and the EDP.

After opening under the management of landlord Ian Skinner in 2014, the venue has gone from strength to strength - winning awards such as West Norfolk Camra Pub of the Year 2017 for two years running.

The King's Arms in Shouldham is holding a winter beer festival this weekend. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The King's Arms in Shouldham is holding a winter beer festival this weekend. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

Its summer beer festival has already become a fixture in the calendar but the pub held its first winter beer festival last year.


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The event proved so popular it has returned for 2018, with band The Hobblers playing live at the opening day on Friday (January 26) and Run Devil Run playing on Saturday (January 27) night.

Organisers say the event will celebrate strong bitters, rubys, porters, milds, stouts and more.

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'Our indoor winter festival is much smaller than our summer festival and takes place inside the pub,' a spokesman for the pub said.

The King's Arms at Shouldham is holding a winter beer festival. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The King's Arms at Shouldham is holding a winter beer festival. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

'It may be smaller, but, it's equally matched when it comes to delicious beer.'

Food will be served from the normal lunchtime menu with beer festival food in the evening, served from the marquee.

For more information, visit the King's Arms website.

The King's Arms in Shouldham. Picture: Ian Burt

The King's Arms in Shouldham. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Picture: Ian Burt

Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

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