Locals will stay ‘central’ to renovated Preston St Mary pub

The Six Bells in Preston St Mary has been reopened by new managers, ETM Group, after an eight-month refurbishment. ANL-150428-161942009
The Six Bells in Preston St Mary has been reopened by new managers, ETM Group, after an eight-month refurbishment. ANL-150428-161942009
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The new owners of a rural Suffolk pub have said they want to make it a destination for residents and tourists.

Having been closed since August, The Six Bells in Preston St Mary reopened earlier this month under new managers ETM Group.

The London-based gastro pub company already runs several city establishments, but The Six Bells represents its first “country outpost”.

The company is run by Tom and Ed Martin, whose parents Richard and Janet live in Preston St Mary and own the Grade II-listed pub.

Tom said: “We love the pub and can see huge potential.

“We agreed to take it on, renovate it completely and upgrade the offer significantly, which is what we have done.

“The locals are central to all we do at the Six Bells. Their feedback is reaffirming the pub as a community hub.”

Local customers were invited to choose the beers to be served, and had a chance to test out the pub’s menu in three soft opening evenings.

Meat and fish come from Suffolk suppliers and John Tremayne, head chef, is to grow vegetables and fruit on site.

“The superior quality and provenance of our ingredients is what we aim to build our reputation on, and hopefully will build a far-reaching and loyal customer base,” said Tom.

The brothers also plan to build B&B accommodation and a farm on site