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Owners of Kings Head in North Lopham set to retire




The owners of a North Lopham pub have decided to call time after 11 years behind their bar.

George and Angie Estcourt, who run the Kings Head, have put the 17th century building on the market as they want to retire.

George said: “When we bought the pub in 2008, the thatch was falling into the car park and it needed a lot of work.

George and Angie Estcourt have put the 17th century building on the market as they want to retire. Picture by Mark Bullimore.
George and Angie Estcourt have put the 17th century building on the market as they want to retire. Picture by Mark Bullimore.

“As soon as we got in we had to re-wire, re-plumb and redecorate throughout and we have run the pub the way we would like it to be if we were using it.”

The couple’s pub adventure first started back in 2001, when they bought the Cross Keys, in Redgrave.

The landlord said: “We are both originally from London and when I was made redundant from my job as a manager of public open spaces and parks I thought about jobs with anything I knew about, so we decided to take on the Cross Keys.”

“Our customers and friends understand our decision, neither of us are getting any younger,” said the owners.
“Our customers and friends understand our decision, neither of us are getting any younger,” said the owners.

In 2004, after two years and nine months, George and Angie closed the door on that pub – thinking it would be their last.

George said: “After we left there we went into retirement, but friends of ours, and customers of the King’s Head, convinced us to come back and take it on.”

Over the years, George feels The King’s Head pub has become the centre of the community, and that is shown by a collection of certificates the pair have been given by leaders of good causes they have supported.

He said: “The King’s Head has always raised money for charity from long before we arrived and I’m pleased to say that that has continued during our ownership of the pub.”

George hopes someone younger will take the reins of the pub and though there has been interest already he does not expect to sell yet due to the uncertainty over Brexit.

He said: “We’ll definitely be here until after Christmas and very likely Easter, so we’ll still be looking after our wonderful customers for a while yet.”

When the sale does go through, the couple plan to do a bit of world travel, with George wanting to do more of his hobbies – art and photography.

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He said: “After the travelling we will be back here to have drinks with our friends. We may not move into the village but it will be nearby.”


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