Hellesdon pub closes for refurbishment

A Hellesdon pub has been closed temporarily to allow a major refurbishment, and its owner said it should be reopening next month.

The Falcon in Cromer Road, which is owned by Enterprise Inns, is boarded up, and fears were raised that the pub could become the latest Hellesdon pub to close. As reported, the Enterprise Inns-owned Bull at Hellesdon has been closed since April. Meanwhile, the former Firs pub in Cromer Road, Hellesdon, which closed in September last year, has been converted into a Tesco Express store.

A spokesman for Enterprise Inns said: 'The Falcon pub has been closed temporarily whilst upgrading and major refurbishment works are carried out in preparation for the new publican, who is aiming to reopen the pub in July.'

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith, who has called on Enterprise Inns to reopen the Bull pub in Hellesdon, welcomed the news. She said: 'I wish it well on its reopening. I'm sure there will be a great appetite for it.'

Meanwhile, the former Slug and Lettuce pub in Queen Street, Norwich has been taken over by Inventive Leisure, which also runs the Revolution vodka bar in Queen Street.

The new property will be part of Inventive Leisure's new Revolucion de Cuba concept, and the new business is expected to open in late summer, following a six to eight weeks' refit.

Colliers International brokered the disposal of the Slug & Lettuce on behalf of the Town & City Pub Group, and its associate director Ross Kirton said: 'We have noticed a substantial increase in demand for premises in Norwich from corporate occupiers recently; and Inventive Leisure's second unit in the city follows the arrival of All Bar One.'

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