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Third generation of publicans take over village pub

PUBLISHED: 08:51 15 April 2018 | UPDATED: 08:01 16 April 2018

The King's Head at New Buckenham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The King's Head at New Buckenham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A third generation of publicans are off to a flying start after taking over the reins at a Norfolk pub.

Daniel and Jenny Leeder, who have taken over the King's Head at New Buckenham, with their daughter, three-year-old Poppy, and help from Daniel's mum, Sally-Ann Leeder, and Daniel's nephew, Cameron Hennessey. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYDaniel and Jenny Leeder, who have taken over the King's Head at New Buckenham, with their daughter, three-year-old Poppy, and help from Daniel's mum, Sally-Ann Leeder, and Daniel's nephew, Cameron Hennessey. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Daniel and Jenny Leeder are one month into running the King’s Head in New Buckenham, an occupation taken on by his parents and grandparents 
before them.

The former Royal Marine and nurse returned to Norfolk with their three-year-old daughter Poppy last year and decided to run the pub after it was offered to them just before Christmas.

“It was always something we wanted to do,” said Jenny, 33, “but we didn’t think it would happen this quickly.”

“Dan was medically discharged from the Royal Marines last summer and I still work as a nurse at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital but when it was offered to us we hit the ground running.”

The King's Head at New Buckenham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe King's Head at New Buckenham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Jenny first began working in pubs as a teenager where she was employed as a dish washer for Daniel’s parents at the Old Bell in Saham Toney, near Watton.

They eventually sold that pub and took on the White Hart near Attleborough and she followed them.

She and Daniel eventually married and spent four and a half years living on the south coast before coming home.

“There’s a big family connection to the area and we’ve come back to his old stomping ground,” said Jenny.

Daniel and Jenny Leeder, who have taken over the King's Head at New Buckenham, with their daughter, three-year-old Poppy, and help from Daniel's mum, Sally-Ann Leeder, and Daniel's nephew, Cameron Hennessey. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYDaniel and Jenny Leeder, who have taken over the King's Head at New Buckenham, with their daughter, three-year-old Poppy, and help from Daniel's mum, Sally-Ann Leeder, and Daniel's nephew, Cameron Hennessey. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Daniel’s mum, Sally-Ann Leeder, also helps at the pub and the couple’s nephew, Cameron Hennessey, works in the kitchen.

His aunt and uncle also own the King’s Store in New Buckenham and Daniel’s grandmother, Pauline Cattermole, still lives in the village as she used to run The Sun in nearby Old Buckenham.

Jenny added: “I married in to this family and we are now the third generation stepping into the shoes of running a pub.

“Our little girl goes to the 
local preschool here and we are one month in and have had a flying start.

Daniel and Jenny Leeder, who have taken over the King's Head at New Buckenham, with their daughter, three-year-old Poppy. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYDaniel and Jenny Leeder, who have taken over the King's Head at New Buckenham, with their daughter, three-year-old Poppy. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“I still work as a nurse one day a week as I worked really hard for my registration and don’t want to give that up.”

The King’s Head also boasts a restaurant and five bed and breakfast rooms with prices starting from £80.

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