Q: How long have you been at The Red Lion?
A: Twelve years, we took the pub on in 2010.
Q: What were you doing before?
A: I was working in Fine Dining for Country House Hotels.
Q: What significant changes have you made since taking over?
A: We did a full refurb of all rooms and greatly improved food and drink standards. We wanted to offer fine quality home-cooked meals using local ingredients where we could. There were four beers on the bar when we took over, and now we have 14 casks and 16 keg lines.
Q: Has Cromer changed in the last 12 years?
A: Cromer has seen a real resurgence over the years. Venues like ourselves and The Rocket House Café have helped grow Cromer, paving the way for new places like The Gangway to come in and help bring it further forward.
Q: How important is it for you to support local?
A: Hugely. Supporting our local community means everything to us, from our staff to our choice of suppliers. All 14 of our cask handpumps are from Norfolk and Suffolk breweries.
Q: As a pub landlord, can you tell me three things you learned from the pandemic?
A: That change is as good as the rest! And now we’re more proactive in making significant changes. And that people are drinking more cider! Pre covid, we had twelve ales and two ciders, and now we have eight ales and six ciders!
Q: How long have you been a Lacons customer?
A: 11.5 years from the beginning! We want to support local businesses, and like that, Lacons are local, independent and family-owned.
Q: What products are you buying from Lacons?
A: Lacons supply all our spirits, wines, kegs, casks and ciders… Basically everything!
Q: What’s your favourite Lacons Beer, and why?
A: Encore! Because I can have more than four pints and not fall over!
Q: In 3 words, can you sum up the service you experience from Lacons?
A: Friendly, professional, and responsive.
Q: Tell us about your recent CAMRA Award?
A: We’ve been nominated for Rural Norfolk Pub of the Year about four times but never won it… Until now! So, we’re all chuffed to bits. This award means a lot as CAMRA members vote for it. We also recently won an AA rosette for our food and were upgraded from 4 stars to 5 stars.
Q: Name your top 5 things to do in Cromer!
A: 1. Visit the Red Lion! 2. Climb the church spire if you have the legs for it! 3. Go crabbing on the pier 4. Visit both the lifeboats 5. Do the art trail around Cromer and discover the Banksy on Cromer beach.
Q: What do you do in your downtime when you’re not running a pub?
A: I often find myself in pubs when I’m not in my pub! Aside from spending time with my family, I play for a couple of darts teams and love a round of golf.