West Norfolk branch of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, have unanimously chosen that their West Norfolk Branch Pub of the Year for 2008 is The Fox and Hounds in Heacham.
Since Mark Bristow and Marie Coffey took over at the Fox and Hounds 8 years ago, it has become an excellent example of a community pub, looking after locals and visitors to the district. Over the years they have also built up the range of real ales, with 6 beers now regularly available, some of which come from their very own Fox Brewery.
On hearing of his success Mark Bristow, owner of the Fox and Hounds said “The pub is one of Britain’s great institutions, and we regard this as a triumph for our traditional community pub. I would like to thank all my staff for their hard work and diligence, and also thanks to my customers for all their support.”
The Fox and Hounds now also boasts a restaurant, which was added to the facilities last year. Here, in addition to the usual wine list, you also have the option of choosing something from their beer list.
Tim Spitzer, Chairman of West Norfolk CAMRA said "The hard work that Mark and Marie have put in over the years is clear at the Fox and Hounds, a pub which is at the centre of the community. It has so much to offer, from weekly music nights to quizzes and food prepared using fresh local ingredients, so why not pop along and see this community pub for yourself.”
The branch presented Mark and Marie their award on Tuesday, 20th March and below are a few pictures of the event