Wickhambrook pub/restaurant makes the most of the lockdown by taking on a new look
The makeover done at a village pub and restaurant during 15 weeks of coronavirus lockdown has been greeted with widespread praise from the customers that have returned after it reopened last Thursday.
The raft of work at the Wickhambrook Greyhound and Twenty One, in Nunnery Green, has included the creation of a new beer garden at the front, a new patio area, a new-look entrance and the conversion of a former stage - in the shape of a wooden gazebo - into a heated outdoor eating area for up to 12 diners.
Joint licensee Jack Couzens, who runs the business with his parents and partner, said the work has also seen the restaurant repainted and the floor stripped and varnished, the bar area freshened up with new carpets and new paintwork and the back entrance redecorated.
"We had a really good opportunity to get everything done that we wanted to get done so we have taken the opportunity," said Jack.
"We were planning to refurbish the inside but it was going to be done at some point this year but obviously with the lockdown we've done it earlier.
"If I can take any positives it's the fact that we've managed to get the place looking spick and span.
"It looks really attractive. The feedback and reviews from the weekend have been really massive.
"Every review has mentioned how safe they felt so from the customers' point of view we must have nailed it."
Jack has, he added, also been able to bring back from furlough his two full-time chefs and two of the waiting staff.
The pub has also registered from the Government's Eat Out scheme, which begins in early August and offers diners 50 per cent off their meals for up to £10 per person.
It means it's early bird dining offer of two adult main meals for £20 and children's meals at £5 each would actually cost a family of four just £15 in total.
Joining the Government scheme has enabled Jack to plan to reopen again on Tuesday's once the scheme becomes active. Currently the venue is only opening from Wednesday to Sunday.
This Sunday from 2pm, the pub's garden will host an afternoon of entertainment by Haverhill singer Jade Donno.
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