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Historic Norwich pub reopens with new landlady

PUBLISHED: 14:59 01 June 2018 | UPDATED: 08:40 02 June 2018

File photo of the Prince of Denmark pub in Norwich.  Picture: ANTONY KELLY

File photo of the Prince of Denmark pub in Norwich. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2015

A historic city pub has reopened following a 10 month closure and the new landlady hopes a stricter customer policy will help it become a community hub.

Prince of Denmark pub reopens. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLYPrince of Denmark pub reopens. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The Prince of Denmark, on Sprowston Road, shut down last August and the 200-year-old building had remained empty whilst a buyer was sought by Enterprise Inns.

But the pub was open for business once again this week after new landlady Sarah Warne gained the support of the licensing team at Enterprise to run it on a tenancy basis.

The 43-year-old, who has held her licence for 20 years, is optimistic about the pub’s future following the relaunch.

“We now have a strict policy on the customers we allow in, we will not be allowing the people in who previously tarnished the name of such an integral community pub,” she said. “We want the pub to be a venue where the local community feel welcome like they did in the past and look forward to meeting with the previous locals and welcoming many more.”

Ms Warne has worked in the pub industry for her whole career and also manages the music venue, The Blueberry Music House on Cowgate.

The Prince of Denmark is currently on the market for a buyer, but the experienced landlady promised that whilst her and her team manage the pub they are committed to providing a great community venue.

“We’ll be showing the World Cup games over the summer, and are currently signing up players for our new darts and pool teams,” she added.

The Prince of Denmark pub was first mentioned as a free house in 1839, and was named after the nearby Denmark Farm which William Denmark purchased in 1802.

In the 1860s it became part of the chain of Morgans pubs who commissioned the large equestrian portrait of Prince George of Denmark in the 1930s. It is thought the mural was chosen because of the association with the surname.

The pub’s closure last year sparked concerns from pub protection groups as it was the latest in a string of locals to shut its doors.

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