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Popular Norwich pub set to reopen after revamp

Griffin pub at Thorpe St Andrew
Photo: Bill Smith

Griffin pub at Thorpe St Andrew Photo: Bill Smith

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A popular Thorpe St Andrew pub reopens on Friday after being closed for three months for refurbishment.

The Griffin, in Yarmouth Road, shut in September and was taken over by Dawn Baillie, who also runs the Boundary pub in Aylsham Road, Norwich, and is joint landlady at the Walnut Tree Shades in the city centre.

In the past three months, the pub has undergone a makeover with new flooring and new furniture.

Miss Baillie said previously that she intended to get a manager in to run the pub.

All of the three pubs that Miss Baillie runs are owned by pub company Enterprise Inns.

She said: “The pub was stripped so there was no furniture in there. At the moment we are recdecorating the front bar and having a new floor.”

The pub dates back to Victorian times and has previously been called Pleasure Gardens, Gunga Din’s Old Colonial House and Hungry Fox.

As reported, the pub’s former landlord, Matthew Harris resigned earlier in September.

He had taken over the running of the pub after his dad, John, was killed when he was pinned between a coach and an HGV trailer in the car park of the pub in July 2003. The coach belonged to Mr Harris senior, who also ran a business called Griffin Travel, from the site.

The Evening News has urged people to support local pubs through our Love Your Local campaign.

To see more stories from the campaign visit www.eveningnews24.co.uk/loveyourlocal

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