WELCOME TO THE BEESTON PLOUGHSHARE
You will find The Beeston Ploughshare in the civil parish of Beeston with Bittering in the county of Norfolk.
Surrounded by rural countryside, our traditional 16th century pub has been restored as a community hub with a bar, restaurant, café and village shop.
The Ploughshare is a community owned pub, offering its guests a warm and welcoming atmosphere as soon as you walk through the door.
A COMMUNITY OWNED PUB
Beeston Community Enterprises Ltd. was formed with a single purpose- to purchase the Ploughshare and run it for the benefit of the village.
The campaign began in March 2016, shortly after the Ploughshare had closed. A village meeting was called and there was unanimous agreement that every effort should be made to save the pub.
There is also the community shop which stocks a variety of groceries, bread, cakes, eggs, wines, spirits, local beers and fresh fruit and vegetables.
AT THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY
As a community enterprise, the Beeston Ploughshare is supported by the goodwill and commitment of local volunteers, ensuring the smooth running of the business.
A tremendous effort went into bringing the pub back from a derelict building to a fully functioning pub. We are now in the next key phase of the project; the operation and management of this key asset.
The pub is the community hub of Beeston and provides 4 key assets to the local people; these are the bar, the restaurant, the community shop and the coffee shop.
We are always looking for volunteers to provide their valuable services.
A PROUD HISTORY
Beeston’s pub has a history stretching back almost 500 years. There has been an alehouse on the site of the Ploughshare since at least 1585. It’s first pint was pulled when Queen Elizabeth I was on the throne and Shakespeare was just a boy!
The oldest part of the current building dates back to 1620 and is full of centuries of memories and village tradition.
Sadly, the pub closed its doors in early 2016. However, in 2018 we achieved our goal of buying the pub and retaining it as a community feature for those in the village and surrounding areas to enjoy.