All hail to win­ner of best-kept ale

Serv­ing a good pint of beer is at the heart of a proper pub. Daniel Nixon, of The Nor­folk Lurcher in Colton, knows a thing or two about that...

EDP Norfolk - - FOOD AND DRINK AWARDS - the-nor­folk­ wood­

How did you feel when you heard your name be­ing read out as the win­ner?

Shock and to­tal sur­prise at first! I was com­pletely taken aback and couldn’t quite be­lieve it. We work hard and take a lot of pride in how our beer is kept and the qual­ity it is served at, so to win an award like this re­ally makes it all worth­while.

What does win­ning the award mean for you and the team at The Nor­folk Lurcher?

Win­ning this award re­ally is the cherry on the cake. As I said, we put a lot of hard work into our beers so it is great see­ing the team be­ing recog­nised and serv­ing our beer with pride and en­thu­si­asm.

What are the key fac­tors in keep­ing good beer?

We be­lieve at­ten­tion to de­tail is the main fac­tor. We try and treat our beers with the same care and at­ten­tion as our food prod­ucts, fo­cussing on qual­ity, lo­cal­ity and fresh­ness.

What can beer lovers ex­pect from the Nor­folk Lurcher in 2020?

We have a lot of great events and evenings planned for next year. Our amaz­ingly pop­u­lar Beer & Food Pair­ing Evenings will be back, in ad­di­tion to our bril­liant Ok­to­ber­fest. We’ve also got a few spe­cial evenings planned but I won’t say too much about those just yet!

There’s more to the pub than just great ales though, isn’t there?

Def­i­nitely! We are lucky enough to have fan­tas­tic chefs in our team cre­at­ing ex­cel­lent dishes for our restau­rant. Our gar­dens and out­side eat­ing ar­eas are just bril­liant in sum­mer as well.

Apart from Colton, of course, what’s your favourite bit of Nor­folk?

Re­cently Nor­wich has turned into a real foodie city; it’s great to get out and have a good meal on the odd day off. The beaches are just amaz­ing too. We think they ri­val any­where in the coun­try.

You’ve had a re­cent ad­di­tion to the fam­ily – are you get­ting any time to re­lax?

Ha ha! Good one! My son is cur­rently do­ing his best to keep me on my toes, I’m not sure I re­mem­ber what a good night’s sleep is. But I do make sure I get cud­dles when­ever and wher­ever I can.

Wood­forde’s Brew­ery spon­sored the Beer Qual­ity Award “The Nor­folk Lurcher not only demon­strated a great pas­sion and en­thu­si­asm for beer, but their at­ten­tion to de­tail and the way they man­aged the cel­lar left us in no doubt that beer qual­ity was al­ways top of the agenda. We as brew­ers, are con­fi­dent that the prod­uct we sell is ex­pe­ri­enced as in­tended with these wor­thy win­ners.”

ABOVE: A de­lighted Daniel Nixon re­ceives his award from Wood­forde’s James Ar­mitage

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