Oakes Barn pub in Bury St Edmunds opens new themed cocktail lounge
An award-winning Bury St Edmunds pub has helped preserve a little bit of history after unveiling a new cocktail lounge.
Oakes Barn, in St Andrews Street South, had a grand opening for 'Elizabeth's Lounge' yesterday morning.
The room, which is named after the wife of James Oakes, a historian from Bury who lends his name to the pub, is open from this evening and every Friday and Saturday afterwards.
Heather Warren, owner, said: "We just felt that we had a space that wasn't being utilised and wanted to enhance the space.
"Lots of people were asking for cocktails and it felt right to have the space on offer."
Chris Oakes, a direct descendant of James and Elizabeth and currently of Withersfield, was on hand yesterday to say a few words about his five times great grand-mother and cut a ceremonial ribbon, something he said he was 'honoured' to be involved in.
In standing with the Elizabeth theme, portraits of her adorn the steps up to the room as well as inside.
The artworks were painted by members of the Bury Portrait Group, who were also invited to opening yesterday morning, and members of staff from Oakes Barn.
To book in at Elizabeth's Lounge, go to: https://www.oakesbarn.co.uk/