The Burston Crown wins title of South Norfolk Community Pub of the Year

The Burston Crown, owned and run by Steve and Bev Kembery.

The Burston Crown, owned and run by Steve and Bev Kembery. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

The Burston Crown has been named as the overall winner of the South Norfolk Community Pub 2016.

The Burston Crown.

The Burston Crown. - Credit: Archant © 2011

The Crown, run by Steve and Bev Kembery, faced stiff competition from The Green Dragon Tavern in Wymondham, The Bush in Costessey, Water's Edge at Bramerton and The Fox and Hounds in Great Moulton to win the award.

Mr and Mrs Kembery will be given £500 to use for community funding.

The competition is run by South Norfolk Council and is the only type of its award in the country.

It attracted nominations from 49 of the district's pubs and 549 votes cast.


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The judging panel marked the pubs on five criteria - facilities/accessibility, welcome/feel/ambience, kerb appeal, sense of community and finally food and drink selection.

Council deputy leader Martin Wilby; competition chairman and councillor Alison Thomas; Clayton Hudson, the council's portfolio holder for stronger communities and leisure; Terry Stork, the regional representative for the Pub is The Hub; and Anthony Carroll, the EDP's community editor for the south Norfolk area, were the judges.

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