Red Lion roars again after £1.2m redevelopment

A PUB has welcomed its first customers through the doors following a £1.2 million revamp.

The long-closed Red Lion in Thetford’s market square was given new life after being taken over by pub giants Wetherspoon.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Tuesday, with Terry Lamb, Mayor of Thetford, on hand to pull the first pint.

Cllr Lamb said the pint of Adnam’s Broadside was ‘excellent’ and that the pub’s rebirth would have a positive effect on the town centre.

“They have not spared any effort, put a lot of thought in and tried to put local features into the pub.,” he said.

“It was boarded up and this work has done nothing but enhance the market place.”

Cllr Lamb added that the extra competition should be a ‘stimulus’ for the town centre.

The listed building’s new features include a new bar, open-plan kitchen and improved fittings.

Nick Haste, manager, said the response to the pub had been ‘fantastic’.

“We’ve had so much feedback from people saying they have memories of being in the pub down the years.

“They all seem happy with the work that’s been done,” he said.

He added that 58 jobs had been created by the new pub.