Popular café moves into the King’s Head pub at Lingwood
A pub landlord used to pulling pints is going to need to swot up on his baking skills after a community café moved in.
The King's Head at Lingwood is the new home for the village's luncheon club after it opted not to move back to the renovated village hall.
Landlord Terry Holt secured a £4,000 grant from Pub is The Hub and Norfolk County Council's Community Services Fund to help make the changes to the venue for his new regulars.
The 59-year-old largely carried out all the work himself which included closing the main roadside entrance to make way for the new disabled toilets.
The luncheon club of around 40 people will meet every fortnight at the pub and Mr Holt said many people in group are now coming back to enjoy a drink in the bar.
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'Once you have been through the door and realise it is not a pub which is loud and you are made to feel unwelcome, people want to come back,' he said. 'The people at the café know we are friendly and it just works.'
Mr Holt has had the King's Head for seven years and during this time he has had to provide extra services to keep up with the changing industry.
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During the week he offers a wide range of activities including bingo, quizzes, cribs and darts and he strongly believes there will always be a place for a pub at the heart of any community.
'It is people's lifeline,' he said. 'I have one lady in the village who loves me because I have given her her life back. She can come out anytime she feels and knows someone will be here that she feels safe and secure with.'
The pub is just one of many in the county which rural pub champions Pub in The Hub have helped to provide additional services for their communities.
Terry Stork, regional advisor for Pub is The Hub, said: 'Terry didn't waver in the large task he set, doing much of the work himself. Now thanks to all his hard work, Lingwood has a café once again and wheelchair bound customers can access all areas.'