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Ceiling collapses at The Deben Seal in Woodbridge within week of opening





Part of a Suffolk restaurant’s ceiling has collapsed within just a week after its opening.

The Deben Seal in Ipswich Road, Woodbridge, opened on Thursday, April 18 offering Mediterranean cuisine in the former Duke of York pub.

However, customers were shocked yesterday evening when a section of the ceiling suddenly crashed down onto the floor.

The ceiling at The Deben Seal in Woodbridge collapsed yesterday. Picture: Neil Catley
The ceiling at The Deben Seal in Woodbridge collapsed yesterday. Picture: Neil Catley

Customer Neil Catley said: “The ceiling started bowing badly and they moved the diners under it.

“About 30 seconds later, the ceiling fell right in front of me.

“The staff dealt with it really well.”

The issue has since been resolved and the restaurant is trading as usual. Picture: Neil Catley
The issue has since been resolved and the restaurant is trading as usual. Picture: Neil Catley

Neil said it looked like a leak in the ceiling had soaked through into the plasterboard, resulting in the collapse.

The restaurant’s refurbishment took less than two months to complete and James Horler, CEO of Ego restaurants, has said the problem has already been resolved.

He said: “Unfortunately, we experienced a small incident that was due to a historic issue and this resulted in part of the ceiling being damaged.

“We have already managed to solve the problem and are trading as usual, with the works to repair the internal damage being carried out very soon.

“We thank everyone in Woodbridge for their ongoing support and look forward to welcoming many new guests in the coming weeks and months ahead."

The Deben Seal is open from 11am to 11pm everyday.