Three Ways pub and restaurant at Cowlinge welcomes new owners
New owners have taken over at the Three Ways country pub and restaurant in Cowlinge following the retirement of Chris and Sue Smith who had owned and run it for 14 years.
And visitors could in a few weeks time enjoys some South African culinary delights from new owners Basie and Ellie van Rooijen who were both born and raised in the country.
The couple moved to Haverhill from South Africa in 2016, choosing the area because of family connections, and had been looking for the right pub to purchase.
The pub, which dates back to 1643, officially reopened on Saturday and with the business being an established one and in good shape the couple don’t intend to change very much.
“We are going to stick to the opening times as it is and the menu as it is but as soon as we are settled into the rhythm of things we will look to introduce some traditional South African meals,” said Basie.
Among the menu wish-list is bobotie, a dish made with minced lamb and topped with a layer of egg custard and served with a chutney and yellow rice.
Basie, who in his homeland was once a partner in a successful roadhouse (restaurant) in Boksburg, near his home city of Johannesburg, also hopes at some point to start doing some traditional South African-style barbecues, known as braai.
And the couple have already had a warm welcome from the locals.
Ellie, who has ambitions of holding a weekly friendship club in the pub for older people, said: “They were all very happy to meet us, it’s a very warm friendly community, so it’s really lovely and we look forward to serving them.”
TheCamra award winning pub offers home cooked meals, a changing selection of five real ales and has a five star hygiene rating.
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