South Norfolk Community Pub of the Year 2019

Pub of the Year 2019

Our pubs play a huge part in local life and our Community Pub of the Year Awards are here to help recognise the impact they have on our community.

Vote for your favourite 2019 South Norfolk pub.

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Voting closes 8 September

Only one vote per person, per category will be counted.

Which category should your pub win?

1.  Outstanding Community Focus

This is the pub who goes over and above what is expected from them within their community.  Whether they host regular events, fund raise for local causes or always makes sure there is room for your community group, this is the pub that is the most community focused.  

2.  Best Customer Service

This is the pub where everybody is happy to see you.  They go the extra mile in ensuring you have the best time in their pub.  From a smiley face at the bar, to the extra please and thank you, this is the pub that has the best customer service.

3.  Most Family Friendly

This is the pub that welcomes you all, from the day you were born.  They are ready for you all, with room for the buggy, water for your dogs and quieter areas for you all to chat, this is the pub that is the most family friendly.  

4.  Tastiest Food and Drink

This is the pub you always go to for their food or their drink.  They have exactly what you want, when you want it, and it tastes delicious too.  The options may be endless, or they may be just what you want, this is the pub that serves the tastiest food and drink. 

About the competition

  • The pub with the most votes in each category will be a finalist.
  • Judges will visit the winning pub for each category and an overall winner will be chosen. The overall winner will be revealed at a ceremony held at last year's winning pub, the Wheatacre White Lion on 7 October 2019.
  • The overall winner will receive £500 to spend on an event for their community.

If you have any questions, please call us on 01508 533642 or complete our online enquiry form.

Definition of a Pub:

 ‘The licensed premises must be open to and welcome the general public without requiring membership or residency, allow free entry (1), serve at least one draught beer (2), allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed, have at least one indoor area not laid out for meals, and permit drinks to be purchased in person at a bar (3), without relying on table service.’
(1) Except when entertainment is provided on limited occasions
(2) Includes cask or keg beer
(3) Includes also a hatch or specific service point
Full explanation of the definition of a pub can be found here.

  • Voting is open at 9am on 1 July 2019 and closes at midnight on 8 September 2019. 
  • Votes can be made using the following methods only:
  • We will only accept one vote per category per person.
  • No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  • There are four categories:
    • Outstanding Community Focus
      This is the pub who goes over and above what is expected from them within the community. Whether they host regular events, fundraise for local causes or always make sure there is room for your community group, this is the pub that is the most community focussed. 
    • Best Customer Service
      This is the pub where everybody is always happy to see you. They go the extra mile in ensuring you have the best time in their pub. From a smiley face at the bar, to the extra please and thank you, this is the pub that has the best customer service. 
    • Most Family Friendly
      This is the pub that welcomes you all, from the day you were born. They are ready for you all, with room for the buggy, water for the dogs and quieter areas for you all to chat, this is the pub that is the most family friendly.
    • Tastiest Food and Drink
      This is the pub you always go to for their food or their drink. They have exactly what you want when you want it, and it tastes delicious too. The options may be endless, or they may be just what you want, this is the pub that serves the best food or drink. 
  • The Communities team will assess the number of votes received for all pubs, to identify a winner for each category (the winner will be the one with most votes in that category).
  • No pub can win more than one category. If a pub is a clear winner in more than one category, they will win the category in which they have received the highest votes. 
  • A guest judging panel will visit the winning pub from each category to decide upon the overall winner. The judges will consider the relationship the pub has with their community. 
  • The decision is final and will be announced on Monday 7 October 2019.
  • Awards will be presented on Monday 7 October 2019 at the previous winner’s pub (White Lion, Wheatacre).
  • The overall winner will receive £500 to support them in holding an event for the benefit of their community. They will also be invited to our Business Awards 2020.
  • No cash or alternative prize will be offered.
  • Facebook & Instagram Competition - this competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook or Instagram. The voter must be 18 years or older. South Norfolk Council staff and District Councillors cannot take part in this competition.

2018 winners

On 8 October the White Lion, Wheatacre was announced as the overall winner of the 2018 Community Pub of the Year Award. The judges were impressed by the transformation of the pub and its success after only a year! 

Category winners

Outstanding Community Focus: The Burston Crown
Best Customer Service: White Lion, Wheatacre
Most Family Friendly: Netherton House, Long Stratton
Tastiest Food and Drink: Green Dragon, Wymondham

The White Lion won £500 toward a community event.

The three finalists each received a performance hosted by Creative Arts East and the Inn Crowd, sponsored by Pub is the Hub