Garry’s plans to ‘salvage’ pubs

The Tollgate pub in Bury has reopened.    Garry Pyatt.
The Tollgate pub in Bury has reopened. Garry Pyatt.
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Two family-centred pubs have reopened under new management in Bury St Edmunds and Elmswell.

Pub giant Greene King has sourced Garry Pyatt, director of Aurelia Leisure, to ‘salvage’ The Elmswell Fox and Bury’s Tollgate Inn, which closed suddenly on Valentine’s Day.

Mr Pyatt, who has 35 years’ experience in the industry, reopened The Fox on Friday and The Tollgate on Tuesday.

He said he hoped to make Tollgate his ‘flagship’ pub and planned to introduce a ‘value for money’ food menu within the next couple of weeks.

“We want to get it right so we aren’t rushing,” he said.

The 51-year-old businessman said families would be a focus for both pubs and student offers and bands would be introduced in Bury to take advantage of the nearby West Suffolk College.

He also plans to bring back Tollyfest and create links between the pub and local charities.

“I want it to be the flagship pub so I will be putting a lot of time and financial effort into it,” he said.

A Greene King spokeswoman said: “Garry Pyatt is now at the helm of the Fox pub in Elmswell, having also taken over the running of the Tollgate in Bury this week. Garry is an experienced multi-site operator who has lots of plans for the Fox. He will be re-introducing a classic pub food menu shortly.

“There was a brief closure while the pub changed hands but it is now open for business again. We apologise for any inconvenience this caused to our customers. We wish Garry every success with these two ventures.”

Anyone interested in working at either pub should call 01284 755237 or 07503 150680.