A trailblazing Norfolk pub, The King’s Arms in Shouldham, is now through to the finals of the Parliamentary Pub of the Year. West Norfolk’s first co-operative pub was nominated by local MP Liz Truss for the prestigious award and after successfully winning the eastern regional section, will now proceed to the national finals to be held in the Palace of Westminster on Tuesday 15th January. The King’s Arms was one of the first pubs in the country to secure a substantial grant of nearly £200,000 from the Department of Communities and Local Government as part of the government’s commitment to help retain community assets within rural villages. This along with the £150,000 raised in share issues allowed the Shouldham Community Enterprises to purchase and refurbish the pub in 2014, with the official re-opening taking place in the summer of 2014.
Liz commented ‘From day one when local residents rallied round to save the pub from permanent closure, launching a creative and highly professional share issue, the King’s Arms has gone from strength to strength. They have created a warm and welcoming hub in the village, supporting local activities, hosting beer festivals - a particular favourite of mine - music nights, social meetings and the ever popular community café staffed by volunteers serving up delicious cakes and light refreshments. Their win in the regional finals has secured them a place at next Tuesday’s (15th Jan) event in the Houses of Parliament when the overall winner will be decided. This is so very well deserved and I look forward to welcoming the team to Westminster.’