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The Fox at Garboldisham is sniffed out as regional finalist

Customer support and loyalty has helped to propel a Garboldisham pub to the regional finals of the ‘rural Oscars’.

The Fox Inn has been short-listed in the Countryside Alliance awards, which celebrate businesses that go the extra mile, support the local economy and are unsung heroes.

In the past 15 years, more than 100,000 nominations have been received for the awards, with just 128 regional finalists each year.

The Fox Inn has another awards nomination, following its CAMRA cider certificate last year.
The Fox Inn has another awards nomination, following its CAMRA cider certificate last year.

To get this far, The Fox has had to demonstrate that the pub is at the heart of the community, that is puts the local area and produce on the map, enhances the economy and community, exhibits a flair for hospitality and is dynamic.

The judges will also look at how the community would suffer if the pub – which is owned and run by a community interest group – did not exist.

Eddie Theaker, of The Fox, said: “To reach this far clearly demonstrates to all those involved with the Fox Inn the dedication shown by all our supporters and volunteers, without whom we would not be where we are.

“To achieve being a regional finalist is a huge accolade to all involved.

“The Fox Inn is run by a board of seven people from the community and they manage and organise all aspects of running the Fox, from the building restoration renovations and repairs, our volunteer gardeners, to the cleaning of the pub and organising the volunteers rota, running our Little Fox Café, ensuring the bar is fully stocked, meeting local independent breweries who have supported us from the start and we support them by ordering our quality real ales from them, along with organising all our street food pop-ups and popular monthly music nights.”

The Countryside Alliance will be visiting all its regional finalists between March and May and plans to name regional winners in mid-May.

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