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A year of cheers in Redgrave


By Newsdesk Diss


Karen Jacob, bar manager, and Stephen Eason, chairman of the Redgrave community society. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography
Karen Jacob, bar manager, and Stephen Eason, chairman of the Redgrave community society. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography

It has been a year of cheers at The Cross Keys in Redgrave.

The community-run pub celebrated its first anniversary on March 2 – and the pints of its own brand 1830 lager went down very well.

The beer gets its name from the year the Keys was first officially mentioned in White’s Directory as a pub, although it is widely believed to have been a hostelry well before that date.

Karen Jacob, bar manager, with a pint of 1830
Karen Jacob, bar manager, with a pint of 1830

“It was a fantastic day and it has been a very good year,” said Fiona Kenworthy, of the Redgrave Community Society.

“It has been a steep learning curve and it was just lovely on Saturday to have such support at lunchtime and again in the evening.”

The lager, brewed in Scotland for the Keys by Greene King, is described as having a ‘clean, crisp and satisfyingly refreshing flavour’ – and the price of £3 a pint adds to its appeal.

Villagers saved the pub after an 11-month campaign to raise more than £300,000.



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