The West Norfolk branch of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, are delighted to announce that The Old White Bell at Southery has been awarded West Norfolk Branch Pub of the Year 2006.
Villagers celebrated the Old White Bell’s success at a presentation night on 28th February 2006.
Peter Smith, Landlord of the Old White Bell said "Having only been in our pub for three and a half years, Nicola and myself were pleasantly surprised to be included in The Good Beer Guide for the last two years, but, to hear we had won this award from CAMRA was absolutely overwhelming. It has been a hard, but worthwhile, few years getting the pub properly on its feet, and, we would not have been able to do this without ' bums on seats,' so Nicola and myself would, obviously like to thank our many loyal regulars. We would also like to thank those who drop in from time to time as they all help to create the friendly atmosphere in our little corner of the county."
This marks a great turn around for Old White Bell since Nicola and Peter took control 3 ½ years ago. At that time it was not in the best of health having been run by a succession of previous managements, none of whom made their mark on the pub which ceased trading at various times during this era.
The Old White Bell is now run as an independent free house with an interesting range of guest beers.
Tim Spitzer, Chairman of West Norfolk CAMRA said "The Old White Bell combines my two loves, excellent real ale and plenty of live football! It really is a fantastic pub, friendly staff and locals, well worth a detour off the A10 Grand Prix circuit."