Two Greene King pubs are celebrating following a six-figure revamp at one and a long service award for the licensees of the other.
The Dog & Partridge, in Crown Street, Bury St Edmunds, has reopened following its refurbishment with new furniture, an upgraded beer garden, improved lighting and a brighter colour scheme.
The transformation has created four new jobs at the pub, which has also launched a new menu.
Steve Bryan, general manager at the pub, said: “The Dog & Partridge is an iconic pub in the centre of Bury, so we’re extremely pleased to be able to offer guests this exciting new menu.
“The opening was a huge success with great feedback on the new look, with many commenting that they can’t wait for the warmer months to take full advantage of the newly-improved beer garden.”
To celebrate, the pub will be offering beer tasting with a difference on Thursday, March 2, at 7pm.
There will be a chance to try beers from Greene King’s Craft Academy (see page 21) and when a drink is bought, a box of building blocks will be provided and a challenge set to create a superhero before judging starts at 9pm.
Meanwhile, husband and wife team Colin and Sue Pearce, who have run The Greyhound, in Ixworth, for 35 years, received a specially-created award from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) to recognise their long service.
Mr Pearce said: “We first came to Ixworth with two young children in 1982 so it has been a long journey, but a hugely satisfying one.”
He cycles many miles each year and has raised about £50,000 for different charities during his time at the pub. Mr Pearce had to have his left leg amputated below the knee due to an illness but this has not hampered his activities.
Martin Bate, chairman of the West Suffolk and Borders branch of CAMRA, said members voted The Greyhound Community Pub of the Year in 2016.