Brett Cruickshank hopes people will now realise rumours of The Greengage’s death are greatly exaggerated.
Brett has been manager at the Tollgate Lane, Bury St Edmunds, pub since October and he and his staff are getting frustrated at recurring claims on social media that Greene King’s Hungry Horse chain are about to close it.
Instead, they have just launched a new menu and last Thursday lunchtime the carpark was full and the pub packed for one of its regular cash-prize bingo sessions.
Brett said: “I think it started when Greene King bought the Flying Fortress and said it would be a Hungry Horse. Even though that’s the other side of town there have been rumours since then that we’re shutting.
“This is a very successful business and there’s no thought of closing it. We do 3,500 to 4,000 meals a week here. It’s busy – how many pubs would be full at lunch time like this?”
The pub is close enough to the Western Way commercial area to attract lunch trade and is surrounded by residential areas to attract a strong family evening trade. A Hungry Horse spokesman confirmed there are no plans to close a pub with such a strong customer base.
Brett served up examples of the new Big Plate Specials, to show off the new menu.
Many could serve two, with the Oceans’ a Plenty platter being an easy to share plate of prawns, scampi, cod goujons and tender calimari, with chips or there is the Meatball Frenzy which is more like small burgers on a plate of three-inch fusilli and the Chicken Tikka ‘Titan’ Naan is curry on a tea-tray sized naan.
It’s all tasty comfort food in big helpings which Brett says puts value on the menu.