Norwich pub reopens

Christmas has come early for regulars at a historic city pub which closed earlier this year after it reopened in time for the festive season.

The Edith Cavell pub in Norwich's Tombland has reopened after closing last month – although it will close again next year so it can be refurbished. Andy Goodger, who is managing the pub with his partner Amy Pinkney, said he has been delighted with the response since the pub reopened. He said: 'We thought we would give it a go and so far, so good. We get a lot of pre-dinner and after-dinner people as we've got a lot of restaurants around here.'

Mr Goodger, who has previous experience in the licensing trade working at establishments like Media nightclub and Qube on Prince of Wales Road, said he hoped to stay at the pub for as long as possible. He said: 'I think there's still quite a big market for traditional pubs.'

Mr Goodger said there will also be music at the pub, which is open from noon until midnight every day except Sundays, at weekends – although noise will be kept to sensible levels at all times.

A spokesman for owners Enterprise Inns said: 'The Edith Cavell has reopened to trade over the festive period and new year.

'However it will be necessary to close the pub again for a short period in the new year as we are looking to develop the pub further, subject to planning and design.'

The Edith Cavell is one of the oldest pubs in Norwich. It had been called the Army and Navy Stores from 1879 before taking on the name of our famous war heroine in 1981.

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The pub is now to undergo a review of its premises licence by Norwich City Council's licensing team with a meeting expected to he held in mid January after complaints were made about noise.

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