The Beehive on Leopold Road, in Norwich, has been voted the overall Pub of the Year in Norfolk for 2015 by members of the Norwich & Norfolk, West Norfolk and Mid-Anglia branches of CAMRA (The Campaign for Real Ale).
The Beehive Pub was recently crowned overall Pub of the Year by the Norwich & Norfolk Branch and was the first time that landlady Alex Kerridge has been awarded the prestigious title (she is pictured below with her branch awards).
Ms Kerridge said: “To win Norwich City Pub of the Year, the Overall winner and now to be awarded Norfolk Pub of the Year is just overwhelming! Community pubs are invaluable, which is why I have worked so hard in growing The Beehive into the hub of the community, as well as offering an excellent range of local beers while supporting other micro-breweries from further afield.”
The Beehive beat the West Norfolk branch’s winner, The Coach and Horses in Dersingham, and also Mid Anglia’s winner The Queen’s Head, Earsham, in South Norfolk.
Martin Ward, the Norfolk Area Organiser, commented: “Many congratulations go to Alex and her team at the Beehive. With a strong emphasis on the quality of the beers and the community focus of the pub, The Beehive emerged the winner after a well fought contest between the other two Norfolk pubs in the competition. A deserved winner.”
Martin also said: “The Beehive will now progress to the East Anglian Regional level of the competition and will be up against pubs in Bedfordshire (Black Lion, Leighton Buzzard), Cambridgeshire (King of the Belgians, Hartford), Essex (Victoria Inn, Colchester), Hertfordshire (Orange Tree, Baldock) and Suffolk (White Horse, Sweffling). The competition deadline is set for the beginning of August”.
Ms Kerridge will be presented with The Beehive’s Norfolk Pub of the Year certificate in the near future.