The brewery's view was that the nearby Kings Head (very much a food pub) remained open, so there was no need to worry about the village local. The people of Dullingham were so upset they set about buying the pub as a co-operative, but in the event, after two years of closure, Kevin and Diane McDonald took on the freehold without needing the help of their friends.

Many a pint had passed through Mr Brown's body since his last visit, so it was high time to see how things were going. Two thumbs up is the answer. On my visit there were four beers on tap, Adnams Bitter and Broadside, Thwaites Best Bitter, and a delectable pint of York Decade at a very agreeable 4.1%.

Kevin was dotting in and out whilst Diane was serving delectable bacon and egg sandwiches, ham eggs and chips and the like whilst still serving the customers with no delay in dispensing the drinks-very impressive. This really is a wonderful little pub - a local supporting all the usual darts, soccer, cricket and cribbage teams and full of good old fashioned, highly opinionated but wonderfully honest characters.

They even have a hilarious monthly magazine written by the locals which really appeals to yours truly as it pokes fun at everybody and everything in the pub. I ran in to many an old chum like Terry Edwards, famous for apprehending the Cambridge rapist many years ago and now enjoying his days with the local shoot, and Mike Dunn, the former cellar man at the Eagle in the days of Bunty 30 years ago.

The pub also organises many a trip to the dog racing at Yarmouth and horse racing trips to the likes of Longchamps in France and the Curragh in Ireland. If golf is your game, there are various golf days too. The village raises money for the less fortunate through "The Boot Charities" with sponsored bike rides and the like, the hub for all this being the pub. It's ironic that the Kings Head is currently closed since Eric, the last very successful landlord there, has hung up his bar towel so the people of Dullingham are really lucky to have this little gem. Out of adversity once again free enterprise reigns supreme and long may it last!

Jerry Brown