Refurbishment of pub hailed a success

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A £200,000 refurbishment project at a town centre pub has been completed.

The Royal Oak, in King Street, Sudbury, welcomed drinkers for the first time on Saturday following months of renovation.

Landlord Andy Ashworth, who is running the pub with his wife Donna, said around 150 people had visited the pub to get a glimpse of the new look.

“It is much more open plan and is a total transformation from what it was,” he said. “The work was finished last Tuesday and it looks brilliant.”

As part of the refurbishment, completed by owners Punch Taverns, the bar has been moved and new interior decoration put up.

A new food menu has been introduced and a number of tasters were sampled by customers at the weekend.

“We had lots of feedback and compliments about the food,” said Mr Ashworth, who is planning to live above the 17th century pub.

“We are in a prime position in the town and are looking forward to seeing more new faces coming in.”

Mr Ashworth, who previously worked at Sudbury Conservative Club, has been joined by sons, Jamie, 19 and Scott, 17, at the pub. The pair will be working as chefs.