New era for Bury St Edmunds pub after refurbishment

Licensee Justine Mackenzie with manager Chantal Clark. 'Picture Mark Westley
Licensee Justine Mackenzie with manager Chantal Clark. 'Picture Mark Westley
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A prominent pub in a developing area of Bury St Edmunds has reopened with a new face behind the bar following a refurbishment and menu revamp.

The Station, in Out Northgate, is owned by Greene King and will now be managed by Chantal Clark under new licensee Justine Mackenzie.

It follows a recent revamp of the pub which has received a fresh coat of paint and new lighting to give the inside a much brighter feel. There is also a quirky ‘potting shed’ themed area in the dining space.

The menu will offer more locally sourced food under a new head chef.

With 135 new apartments set to be built on nearby Station Hill, bosses want to ensure the pub is part of the growing community.

Chantal, who managed another of Justine’s pubs The Windmill in Huntingdon, said: “Everyone who has been in has welcomed the changes we have made to the pub and we’re already seeing our customer numbers grow.

“We’re really looking forward to building up the business, just as we have done at the Windmill over the past seven years, and have a lot of plans beyond this, including turning the garden into a real family friendly space because its size is a real asset for the pub.”

The garden has already had its benches refurbished and there are plans to host festivals there in the summer.

Clive Chesser, managing director of Greene King Pub Partners, said they are looking forward to supporting the new licensees and manager.