Norfolk trio on the shortlist of Britain’s greatest pubs
- Credit: Archant Norfolk
They are the best in the region in their individual categories, and now three celebrated Norfolk pubs are up for the national prizes at the BT Sport Great British Pub Awards.
The awards, now in their sixth year, are recognised as the Oscars of the pub world, and attract hundreds of entries from across the country.
The best pubs in 16 categories from the six UK regions now go through to the final, and the winners will be announced at the London Hilton in Park Lane on September 12.
The three finalists from Norfolk, who are representing the East Anglia and East Midlands region, are the Murderers, in Timberhill, Norwich, which is up for best sports pub; the Brickmakers, in Sprowston Road, Norwich, up for best entertainment; and the Jolly Sailors, Brancaster Staithe, in north Norfolk, which is up for best family pub.
The best sports pub category recognises the pub that provides the best sports for its customers and Murderers landlord Phil Cutter said: 'We are really pleased to be short-listed as regional winners again. 'This will be the third year we have been chosen. It's really stiff competition every year, and apparently they have received a record number of entries. This year has already been a great one for the Murderers, with my success making it to the semi-finals of the BII licensee of the year awards, and the success of the City of Ale event in Norwich, which has been a boost to our trade, as well as many other pubs across the city.'
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The best entertainment category recognises the pub providing the best and most successful range of entertainment.
Charley South, who runs the Brickmakers with her mother, Pam, and Emma Teasdale, said: 'We were in the final last year and the year before won the best music pub. It's extremely exciting and is always a great morale boost to us and all the bands that play here.'
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The best family pub category recognises the pub best capitalising on the family market over the past 12 months. Heather Tidd, general manager of The Jolly Sailors, said: 'We are absolutely thrilled to be a finalist. It is thanks to the hard working and dedicated team at The Jolly Sailors that we have achieved this recognition and is a great reward to them.'
Stephanie Danvers, manager of the awards, said the standard this year was excellent, so it was a fantastic achievement for all the pubs to have made it to the final.'