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Garboldisham Fox Inn wins place in Good Beer Guide

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Eddie Theaker (left) receives the Good Beer Guide welcome pack from the co-ordinator, Dave Wilkins (right).
Eddie Theaker (left) receives the Good Beer Guide welcome pack from the co-ordinator, Dave Wilkins (right).

Back from the dead, the Garboldisham Fox had even more to cheer about this week.

The pub – bought by a community interest group after standing vacant for 10 years – has won a coveted place in the Camra Good Beer Guide.

Edward Theaker, a director of the group running The Fox, said: “This is a great achievement for all involved when you consider that we have not been open for two years yet and none of us have had any major involvement in the pub industry.

“We are all volunteers and have different backgrounds.

“We see it as a great acknowledgement and we are grateful to all the Camra members who voted for us.

“There are 50,000 pubs in the country and just over 4,000 get into the guide.”

Not many of the pubs listed would be community-run as The Fox is, he added.

Each week, the pub serves five real ales from Norfolk and Suffolk breweries.

Mr Theaker said he hoped that inclusion in the guide would mean more interest in the pub, especially from holiday-makers and tourists, which would generate more revenue.

The Fox was reopened in 2016 after six years of campaigning and fundraising. Last month, it opened a new cafe and kitchen.

Mr Theaker said: “I would also like to thank all our volunteers who support the Fox, from the cleaners, the painters, gardeners, plumbers and electricians to all our volunteer bar staff.”

The Fox has also been supported by Riddlesworth beer quality consultants Avani Solutions, he said.

The Fox is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with food served on Saturdays.

A cider weekend – running from September 28 to 30 – will showcase local cider-makers.

Dave Wilkins, a Good Beer Guide co-ordinator, said inclusion was based on the quality and not just the varieties of beer sold.

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