Prince William visits West Norfolk pub ahead of re-opening

Prince William visits West Norfolk pub ahead of re-opening

Published by Beth Pridding
10:30pm 3rd July 2020.

As more businesses prepare to re-open tomorrow, Prince William has visited a Snettisham pub. 

The Duke of Cambridge met staff at the Rose & Crown and spoke to the owners, Jeannette and Anthony Goodrich about the impact lockdown has had on them. 

The Rose & Crown has been operating in Snettisham for over 600 years. 

The Duke also heard how the pub has aimed to support its local community, including donating its leftover stock at the start of lockdown to the Purfleet Trust.

Jeannette Goodrich, who owns the Rose & Crown:

“It was a great honour to have the Prince visit The Rose & Crown today.   He was very interested to hear about the experience of the business and the R&C team during lock down and to hear of the measures being put in place to enable the business to reopen safely for both customers and staff.”

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Owners of the Rose & Crown, Jeannette and Anthony Goodrich

Meanwhile, Anthony Goodrich, who also owns the pub, said: 

“The Prince showed a great understanding of the value of the hospitality industry to Norfolk, and to the rest of the country, and of how many businesses outside pubs and hotels had been affected by their closure.  

"He had great sympathy for those affected but also expressed hope that there might be positive outcomes from the lockdown in terms of people reconsidering the pace of their lives and the time spent with family.”

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The Duke of Cambridge enjoyed some time at the Rose & Crown pub

Staff spoke of their excitement about being able to return to work and outlined the measures which they have implemented across the business in order to ensure they are able to safely welcome back their patrons, including reducing the number of tables in their restaurant and scaling back their menu.

They also described how they have helped to adapt the pub’s operations over the past few weeks in order to be able to offer takeaway drinks and meals to its customers.