Christmas Day is always a magical time of year in the local pub, full of cheer and goodwill
The winner of Norfolk’s Best Pub, sponsored by Makro and Booker Wholesale, was The Fox at Lyng, and here the landlords share some of their festive traditions and top tips from the bar. As well as The Fox, Gavin and Victoria Hunt also run the Tuddenham Lodge.
“We open both of our pubs on Christmas Day and I can honestly say it is one of my favourite days of the year,” says Victoria. “My own two children have grown up knowing that Christmas is an important day in the trade, and for the past few years have worked alongside us, which creates a great family feeling for the day.
“We asked our customers which drinks reminded them of Christmas and there were two drinks which won out - Baileys and advocaat, so we have created two seasonal cocktails using these as a base.
“The first was inspired by a visit to the Gin Festival in Norwich - the “rhubarb and custard” gin cocktail. Simply mix a double rhubarb gin, a double advocaat, a dash of lemon juice, a dash rhubarb bitters and top up with apple juice.
“The second is an experimental drink created by our manageress Sophie at The Tuddenham Lodge who has a love of chocolate and Baileys. She has created the Mars bar bomb using homemade Mars vodka! To make the vodka, chop seven Mars bars into small pieces and placed into a half-litre bottle of vodka, then place into the fridge and shake daily until the Mars has dissolved and created a thick milk shake consistency. Pour one double of Baileys over ice and add a single shot of the Mars bar vodka with a shot of crème de cacao. It’s delicious.”
Landlord and landlady Gavin and Victoria Hunt