Award-Winning pub faces cost of living struggle after flash flood amid new refurbishment


AA Rosette – Winning Pub has had to close after Kings Lynn flooding.

Water surged into The Angel at Watlington after flash floods left many roads in West Norfolk covered in water.

“We’re definitely shut today” said Emily Phipps, one of pubs owners alongside Chef Richard Crouch, said significant damage to the property was now being assessed.

Roads across the village became flooded as drains backed up during heavy rain.“We’ve had contractors here until nearly 4am pumping the water out and we’ve had to remove the carpets.” Ms Phipps and Mr Crouch were amid rewarding the pub with a huge refurbishment in attempt to improve what they’re offering, their motto “Local and homemade is best” follows through in their seasonal menu that highlights local suppliers and small businesses to provide poultry and seafood, cooked fresh to order with no microwave.

Flooding at the Angel comes weeks after it was named The UK Pub of the Year at the Innovation and Excellence Awards 2023, as well as having received their first AA Rosette in October of 2022 “We knew it had a long way to go to change people’s opinion of the pub …it’s taken nearly 5 years” The increasing cost of living struggles among hospitality businesses’ has lead the couple to re-evaluate all pub expenses to be able to “re-open in some capacity” Ms Phipps said.

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