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Former Red Lion pub in Icklingham rebranded in £2 million refurbishment

A landmark pub which has been empty for almost nine years is being rebranded and given a £2 million refurbishment.

The former Red Lion at Icklingham is now The Guinness Arms and Elveden Estate, which owns the pub, has been carrying out work over the past 10 months.

There will be two bars, one featuring gin and cocktails, and the restaurant has been extended to offer a total of 93 covers.

The Guinness Arms (formerly The Red Lion) in Icklingham. Picture: Mecha Morton
The Guinness Arms (formerly The Red Lion) in Icklingham. Picture: Mecha Morton

There is also terracing outside overlooking the large rear gardens down to the River Lark.

The Guinness empire is making its mark on the 16th century inn with rooms named after cousins of the current Earl of Iveagh, Edward Guinness who owns Elveden Estate.

There are eight rooms in the adjoining barns with one featuring a design painted by his cousin Lulu Guinness.

The restaurant will be offering produce from Elveden’s own 22,500 acres.

Ben Hyde has been appointed general manager and the company is recruiting a further 25 staff.

Lisa Bowman, Elveden’s director of finance and corporate services, said: “We want the Guinness Arms to be a fabulous venue for locals and friends and for guests to feel welcome and at home.”

The estate also owns the closed Plough in Icklingham and has applied for it to become residential accommodation.

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