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Monday, December 30, 2013
Takings at The Blueberry Music House in Norwich have doubled since manager Sarah Burns took over three months ago, and people have started returning to the popular pub.
She has even managed to impress long-time regular, Joe Wilkin, who has his own ‘Joe’s Corner’ by the bar, and has given the new regime the thumbs-up.
She said: “This industry is in decline, so for us to be increasing turnover and to have doubled the takings is something. I only took it on at the start for a week, but I’m really excited about it now. I have only had one day off in 15 weeks, and Christmas was really good.”
Mrs Burns lives close to the Cowgate pub and previously drank there, but she said it was never her ambition to be the boss, although she added: “I’m really enjoying it. I’m a very sociable person. We have cleaned it up and painted the outside. I’m working on a load of different things, little things that I’m changing. I think everyone around here was previously upset that the pub was not being run the way they thought it should be. It’s not just a music venue, it is a community pub. Everybody was starting to think it could close and be turned into another Tesco, but these places are important.”
Live music is huge at the venue and Mrs Burns, who grew up in pubs, is trying to attract a younger clientele with a variety of music on offer. Her mother once ran the Rising Sun in Coltishall, and the White Horse in Crostwick, where she also worked. Her son Sam and daughter Charlie both work at the Blueberry, which is supporting local breweries by stocking ales from S&P in Horsford and the Golden Triangle in Norwich.