‘Hit and miss’ pub has makeover

Darren Hall, new publican of The Gainsborough, the new name for The Royal Oak in King Street, Sudbury ANL-150720-144152001

Darren Hall, new publican of The Gainsborough, the new name for The Royal Oak in King Street, Sudbury ANL-150720-144152001

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A pub which has seen the departure of two publicans in as many years is to be renamed and turned into a bar and grill.

The Royal Oak in King Street, Sudbury, reopens next month and will be called The Gainsborough.

Punch Taverns admits that “things have been a bit hit and miss” at the pub in recent times with previous publicans Steven and Debbie Morgan, and Andy and Donna Ashworth, leaving the pub for different reasons.

But the company says new publican Darren Hall is promising to make The Gainsborough popular as a bar and grill.

Darren, who has 20 years experience in the trade, said: “I’ve always felt at home and welcome in Sudbury, and that’s exactly how I want my customers to feel. I’m determined to make a success of The Gainsborough. The name change is important, but so is my vision of creating a really happening bar and grill.”

From now on, the pub will serve “trendy” bar snacks by day and grills in the evening. As well as a menu and blackboard specials, there will be Sunday sharing platters and themed nights. New decking has been laid for outside dining and barbecues. Darren is keen to host darts teams in future.

The Gainsborough reopens on Friday, August 7, at 11.30am.