A new landlady, a new look and a new menu await visitors to The Six Bells in Horringer.
The Greene King pub in The Street reopened two weeks’ ago under new management and was ‘absolutely packed’ on opening night when Bildeston band Shoot The Drummer performed.
Landlady Jody Jardine, of Bildeston, said live music, quiz nights, darts, a pool table, tasty but simple food and a friendly atmosphere were what people could expect from the pub, which also looks different having been refurbished.
“The pub before was a gastro restaurant with posh food and now we’re turning back into a drinking pub with just normal pub grub,” said Jody, who describes herself as a ‘people person’ and will be working mostly on the bar.
Her mother, Jackie, who has experience of working in pub kitchens, will be doing the cooking.
The pub menu includes baguettes and jacket potatoes, and features meals like curry and rice, scampi and chips, pie and mash and ham, egg and chips.
Jody, 37, is originally from Chelmsford, Essex, but moved to Suffolk nine years ago where she managed The Limeburners in Offton for eight years.
“I managed for someone else before, but I wanted to do it for myself,” said Jody of her decision to takeover The Six Bells.
As the proud owner of five jack russell crosses, she was keen to stress that dogs and children are welcome at her pub.
“We’re a very friendly pub – dog friendly and family friendly – offering a warm atmosphere with good home-cooked food in a nice, rural location,” she said.
The pub is closed Mondays but opens from 12-3pm and 5-11pm Tuesday to Friday, 12-11.30pm on Saturday and 12-10pm on Sunday.
More staff are likely to be hired in the future but Jody said, when that time comes, she will be looking to recruit from within Horringer.