Success just keeps on coming for award-winning Norfolk pub

PUBLISHED: 12:25 09 October 2018 | UPDATED: 08:49 10 October 2018

Head chefs Max Emmerson, left, and Jake Armes. Pictures: Kings Head Bawburgh

Head chefs Max Emmerson, left, and Jake Armes. Pictures: Kings Head Bawburgh


Celebrations are continuing at the newly crowned Norfolk Dining Pub of the Year after it retained its 2 AA rosettes for culinary excellence in a recent reinspection.

The award-winning King's Head, Bawburgh. Picture:  Dale ClarkeThe award-winning King's Head, Bawburgh. Picture: Dale Clarke

The King’s Head in Bawburgh has also maintained gold standard 4 stars for its luxury accommodation.

The 17th century freehouse pub, which has been owned for 35 years by Anton Wimmer and his family, was awarded the Norfolk Dining Pub of the Year crown for 2019 by The Good Pub Guide.

Mr Wimmer said consistent hard work by the whole team at the pub was responsible for its success.

He said: “Our housekeeping team tirelessly keeps our rooms and the pub looking fresh and spotless.

King's Head, Bawburgh. Pictures: Dale ClarkeKing's Head, Bawburgh. Pictures: Dale Clarke

“The front of house team ensures that every guest is treated with the upmost importance and our dedicated kitchen team channel their passion for food into every dish served – the team at the King’s Head deserves the recognition they’ve received.”

Feedback received from the recent inspection said: “The guest bedrooms still continue to impress; quirky layouts, which work well to the confines of the building, provide very good levels of comfort throughout.”

The AA Hotel Services first introduced the star rating scheme in 1912, recognising and rewarding establishments for the quality and range of their services and facilities. First introduced in 1956, the AA’s Rosette Award scheme was the first UK-wide scheme for assessing the quality of food served by restaurants and hotels.

One of the original pioneers of gastropub dining in Norfolk, the King’s Head centres its menu and philosophy firmly on local markets, produce and seasonal specialities.

The pub, which boasts joint head chefs in Jake Armes and Max Emmerson, will be offering a ‘chosen by you’ event in November, where customers can vote for their favourite dishes served in 2018 to be entered into a week-long menu.

It takes place between November 3 and 10, and votes can be cast on Facebook and within the pub.

For each diner throughout the week, The King’s Head will donate £1 to its chosen charity, Keeping Abreast.

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