Left, Adam Noble with Sue and Nigel Crawford , general managers of The New Inn.

Two West Norfolk pubs are taking part in a £12,000 “give back” scheme to thank customers for their support during the coronavirus outbreak.

Resolution Pubs, owners of Jolly Brewers in Shouldham Thorpe and The New Inn at Hockwold, have launched a scratchcard scheme to run throughout this month with prizes which range from gift vouchers, money off and free meals.

Adam Noble, joint owner of Resolution Pubs,  said: “The £12,000 give back was something we wanted to do for our customers as they have supported us throughout this unusual summer. 

“Let’s not forget the stress and suffering they have all endured too and it’s our job as community pubs to try and spread some cheer and look after each other.”

The Jolly Brewers introduced new features to the business this year, including a village shop which sells everything from everyday essentials to food and drinks from local businesses.

Mr Noble said: “We originally set the shop up during lockdown to be able to support our community as well as the wonderful local producers and suppliers who were going through incredibly tough times. 

“If a customer asks us for something we don’t stock, we will go out of our way to try and source it for them. 

“The pub should always be at the heart of the community and it is our job to be there for them during tough times, as they have always been there for us over the years. 

“We started the shop with around 30 products and now we stock over 300 different things from bread, milk, fruit and vegetables to craft items too.”

The pub was a finalist in the recent industry’s Great British Pub Awards, in the Admiral Taverns’ Pub Hero of the Year category.