The Green Dragon in Wymondham has been crowned South Norfolk Council’s Community Pub of the Year 2017.
The announcement was made at an award ceremony at the Burston Crown on Monday 9 October. This is the second year the pub has won the competition, which aims to support the local licensed trade.
South Norfolk Council's Deputy Leader Councillor Michael Edney said: “The Green Dragon just keeps getting better. They are passionate about putting the pub at the heart of the community and they keep coming up with new and innovative ways of getting the community involved.”
The judges were impressed with the medieval pub’s hearty food, local ales, and friendly service. But it was the Pub’s charity work and community involvement that really set them apart from the competition.
Landlord Justine Harvey said: “It’s fantastic to win and we’re so grateful to all our customers who voted for us.”
Since Justine became Landlord 8 years ago, the pub’s raised over £11,000 for charity Star Throwers and worked closely with Appleseed Care Farm raising over £500 and donating tools and gardening equipment. Recently it helped an aspiring young athlete compete in wheelchair football by raising £700 towards her chair.
The pub’s also home to the local running and cycling club, runs quizzes for Nelsons Journey, hosts a ukulele club, holds comedy nights and gets involved in community events where it can.
Almost 1,000 people voted in the Council's competition, which is now in its ninth year. The Green Dragon will receive £500 to put towards a community event.
At the ceremony three other pubs also received awards coming top in their category.
Terry Stork from Pub is the Hub, who helped judge the competition said: “All the winning pubs are making a big contribution to their communities, so we had a tough job picking a winner. It’s a great competition and no other local authority is doing anything like it.”
The winners in each category were:
Category One (local population under 550): Wortwell Bell
Category Two (local population between 551 - 1100): Burston Crown
Category Three (local population between 1101 - 5500): Netherton House, Long Stratton
Category Four (local population over 5501): Green Dragon, Wymondham
Find out more about the competition at www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/south-norfolk-community-pub-of-the-year