The landlord of The Vine public house in Hopton, said that receiving the prestigious accolade of Mid Anglia Pub of the Year was a “major surprise.”
The award, voted on and provided by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), was presented to Coby Hindley, who adopted ownership of the pub only a half year earlier, by Mid Anglia CAMRA branch chairman David Williamson last Thursday evening.
Mr Hindley, whose pub was apparently “on the borderline of being closed” just two years ago, told the Diss Express: “I was ecstatic. I think the main thing is that we have gone back to how the pub used to be ten or 15 years ago, back to the old traditions. We sell good beers and we sell them cheap.
“On that same note, I would not have been able to do this without my locals. They have been great, the staff have been great. They all deserve the award.”
The Vine, known previously as The Bell, becomes only the second recipient of this award, following on from The Cherry Tree in Yaxley, which earned the title in 2013.
Ian Haywood, the Pub of the Year officer for CAMRA, said: “Selecting one pub as the Pub of the Year for our area was a challenge and required a lot of research from our dedicated members.
“The Vine is a deserving winner.”