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good beer guide 2019

Nominations for the 2019 GBG are closed but if there is a pub or bar that you think should be in the GBG and it hasn’t been nominated this year don’t worry! Nominations for the 2020 Good Beer Guide open in April!

The Iron Duke, Great Yarmouth

The long closed and neglected, Bourne Leisure Group owned, Iron Duke was looking set for demolition. Construction workers had removed the iconic Lacons falcon statues and hoppers from the entrance and it was looking very grim for the old building. Luckily, after much hard work and campaigning  by Caroline Jones of Friends of the Iron DukeEnglish Heritage have granted a Grade II listing on the building protecting it from demolition and ensuring it’s condition doesn’t deteriorate any further. More good news is that local businesses have shown great interest in purchasing the property from Bourne Leisure, refurbishing the historic interior to it’s former glory and reopening the pub.

The pub was the original work of the architect Arthur W Ecclestone who designed a number of pubs both before and after the Second World War, including The Clipper Schooner in Great Yarmouth and the Links Hotel in Gorleston. The building of the Iron Duke started in the late 1930s and was opened, unfinished in 1940 to accommodate the troops manning the anti-aircraft guns on North Denes. The pub was finally completed in 1948 with its counters made from the teak taken from Admiral Jellicoes flagship, HMS Iron Duke, that led the British fleet in the infamous Battle of Jutland in 1916.

Presentation evening 17th Oct 2017.

(Pictured left the winners of the membership prize draw with Her Worship the Mayor.)

During the Gorleston Clifftop Festival we were doing a promotion that any new members who signed up with CAMRA would be entered into a prize draw. The winners included our oldest member Mr. Turner, who had just turned the sprightly age of 90 years old and one of our youngest members Ms. Johnson who is 25. A good evening was had and many thanks to all CAMRA members who attended!

The lucky winners were:

  • Mr. Turner
  • Mr. Davis
  • Ms. Johnson
Good Beer guide 2018

One of the 11 East Norfolk regional entries into the 2018 Good Beer Guide was The Entertainer free house in Gorleston. Jonathon Beales said he was very proud of the pub and his bar/cellar team for making it into the national CAMRA publication again.  Here is Jonathon (right) receiving his GBG certificate mid September 2018.                                                                                                                        The Other entries from our region were: The Bell, St Olaves; The Oddfellow Arms, The Entertainer and Dock Tavern all in Gorleston. In Great Yarmouth there was The Red HerringBarking Smack, Tombstone Saloon Bar and The Mariners. The Kings Arms in Hemsby, The Cantley Cock, Cantley and finally The Crown in Catfield.