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Bury St Edmunds pub reopens kitchen after fire

The Queen's Head was forced to close its kitchen in April after a fire. It's now fully operational and has launched a new menu.

Pictured: Jan Rutherford and Tracy Nicolson.

The Queen's Head was forced to close its kitchen in April after a fire. It's now fully operational and has launched a new menu. Pictured: Jan Rutherford and Tracy Nicolson.

A historic pub, which saw its kitchen ‘severely’ damaged by fire in April, has relaunched its food offering with the introduction of a new menu.

Eight customers and four staff were evacuated from the Queen’s Head, in Churchgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, after one of the pub’s kitchen fryers ignited, setting fire to another.

On Thursday, following months of extensive repair work, the pub once again began offering traditional home-cooked food, made to order.

Its mouth-watering new menu includes ‘all the old favourites’ and a tasty variety of new breakfast, lunch and dinner specialities.

Owner and landlady of 27 years, Jan Rutherford, who funded the repairs herself, said: “We’re not just doing snacks anymore. We’re fully operational with a brand new kitchen and team.”

The relaunch, which has seen long-term chef Emma Jameson joined by new chef Ruth Budden, was timed to coincide with the town’s popular Christmas Fayre and the busiest part of the festive season.

“It was a last minute push and a very big achievement for us to get the kitchen up and running for the Christmas Fayre,” said Mrs Rutherford, who praised the hard work of her staff, past and present.

Of her family-run, independent business, she added: “We’re up and running again and better than we were before, but with the same friendly welcome.”

 

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