Elveden Estate’s Courtyard shopping and restaurant complex has become bigger and more accessible, even to bats.
In spite of trade being hit by the new A11 bypass, the estate has invested in another 100 sq m of space with improved disabled access ramps and bat tiles in the roof to make it easier for the animals to enter the roost there.
The extension was opened today with, the estate’s owner the Earl of Iveagh and loyal Elveden customer Terry Medley cutting the ribbon. Terry had even written a poem to mark the opening.
The first 100 customers received an Elveden gift bag but the celebrations will continue there through to Sunday with special tastings, activities and demonstrations, plus a chance to enter a prize draw.
Frances Fleming, marketing manager, said: “The extension means a new entrance, which now links the food hall with the home and garden shops, allowing customers to wander between the shops without braving the elements.”
The buildings were originally the estate workshops.