The Crown Inn in Reepham dates back to the early 1850s and is recorded as being ‘a beerhouse’ back in 1879. A subsequent application for a spirits licence was granted by the County Licensing Committee in 1884. Originally housed in a single cottage, the pub now takes up the combined space of all three cottages in the block.

In the early 1950s when Bob Smith and his wife ran the pub, there were bare floorboards and sawdust on the floor. The Crowm was a bit of a local groundbreaker in 1978, when its stable building (it used to cost 6d to stable a horse for the day) was converted to house electric beer coolers – a high-tech first for the town!

More recently, The Crown was threatened with closure in 2013 when permission was sought to convert it into residential status. Permission was refused, with an ‘Asset of Community Value’ status being bestowed on the pub in August 2013.

After a period of closure for refurbishment in 2017, current licensees Glen and Lisa Mallett reopened the Crown just in time for August’s Reepham Music Festival. The pub has been decorated throughout, with the intention to operate as a traditional community-based pub. A pool table and dart board take pride of place, with local teams being encouraged to use the facilities. Community groups also use the pub for meetings – it’s definitely a ‘real local’ these days!

The Licensees

Glen and Lisa already own Sweets ‘n’ Things in Fakenham’s market place, have run Fakenham Community Centre for many years, as well as operating the Fakenham Info Hub, the town’s tourist information centre. “I always say, ask a busy person to get things done” says Lisa, a former Fakenham Town Councillor and current Slimming World consultant. “We have loved being involved in the community of Fakenham and the strong community feel of Reepham is one of the main reasons we chose The Crown as our next venture” she states.

The pub has already been extensively refurbished, creating a much cleaner, more modern and welcoming exterior, as well as installing a brand new pool table. “Owning a pub has been a dream of mine for years” says Glen, “We have run the bar at Fakenham Football Club and at the community centre and have learnt so much from this. We know we can make this a real success.”. “We want to create a very traditional pub for our customers” adds Lisa.