The latest restaurant in the quirky Bill’s chain must have the most secure beer store in the country.
Bill’s opened on Sunday in the former Barclays bank in Abbeygate Street, Bury St Edmunds, and retains the vaults with one as the beer store.
General manager Daniel Reynard said: “Bill’s tend to use old buildings — we’ve got a bus depot in Brighton.”
The decor uses reclaimed materials and furnishings, so chandeliers hang among weathered wood, distressed leather armchairs and old church chairs.
Daniel added: “We could have filled it with more tables, but that’s not what people want. They want nice cubbies and a bit of quirkiness. We want regulars to come in often and not get bored.”
Nowhere can you see all 130 seats, then there is a decking terrace behind the restaurant with 40 to 50 outdoor seats.
Bill’s serve from breakfast to evening meal, so the seasonal menu ranges from coffee and snacks to main meals with vegetarian dishes.
They are still recruiting but Daniel said the number of staff will depend on how busy it gets.