Community-run pub celebrates first anniversary with new beer launch

Karen Jacob, Bar Manager at Cross Keys pub, Redgrave. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

Karen Jacob, Bar Manager at Cross Keys pub, Redgrave. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood - Credit: Archant

A community-run pub is celebrating its first year in business by launching a new beer.

Cross Keys 1830 is brewed in Scotland for the Cross Keys pub in Redgrave near Diss by Greene King.

The brainchild of manager Karen Jacob, the lager is named after the first year that the Cross Keys was officially mentioned in White's Directory as a public house, although it is widely believed it may have traded beforehand.

The Cross Keys was bought by The Redgrave Community Society as a community asset in 2017. The society raised more than £300,000 to buy the site, with three months of voluntary renovation work.

The Cross Keys, Redgrave. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

The Cross Keys, Redgrave. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood - Credit: Archant

Society member Fiona Kenworthy said: 'It's certainly going better than could be expected. We really have to work hard and listen to what our customers want. We're generally really optimistic but you never rest on your laurels.

'As well as running as a pub the fact that it's a community pub means once a month we do 'IT Hub in the Pub.' A number of villagers are elderly and it's an opportunity to come in and find out how to email photographs and all the rest of it. It's very popular. We've also just started doing a games and social afternoon and there's a real demand for it.

'It's not just about drinking, in a community pub you're trying to do something that benefits the whole community. We have a suggestions box and we've picked up some great ideas from people. It's important that they have a say.'

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Sold for £3 per pint, 1830 was launched on Friday, February 1 in time for the start of the Six Nations Rugby Tournament.

They will also be running a promotional offer on glasses of their house wines and cask ale for £3, and are getting rid of Happy Hour to have all-round lower prices.

Ms Kenworthy said: 'The fact that it is a community pub means that price wise, we wanted it to be as accessible as you can get. We thought it would be really nice to introduce it around the anniversary, and obviously Six Nations is kicking off, we thought, why wait?'

Redgrave resident Joe Atherley formerly worked behind the bar and now comes to the pub around three times a week. He said: 'You've got to love your local pub.

'It's a great pub, everyone is really nice.'