Team looks to repeat success

Lavenham, Suffolk. The Greyhound reopens after its 4 week refurbishment pictured from are John Bindley (chef), Lorna Pissarro (owner) and Ben Melrose (manager) ANL-141124-165600009
Lavenham, Suffolk. The Greyhound reopens after its 4 week refurbishment pictured from are John Bindley (chef), Lorna Pissarro (owner) and Ben Melrose (manager) ANL-141124-165600009
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A pub in Lavenham reopened its doors to the public on Monday after a four-week refurbishment.

The Greyhound – situated in the heart of the village – was taken over by family business Stuart Inns in September.

Before purchasing the pub from Greene King, the new owners knew it needed a complete makeover to transform the disjointed building.

Stuart Inns sales director Lorna Pissarro and her brothers, Ian and Oliver Macmillan, are the brains behind the operation.

Both Ian and Oliver work as chefs for the company, which also includes The Ram in Hadleigh and The Swan in Long Melford.

Lorna said the new layout makes the pub look open and spacious.

“The bar was right in the middle of the building – it really split the building in two,” she said.

“We have moved the bar into the corner and it looks fantastic. It’s a real social point of the room.”

They have kept the exposed wooden beams and stylistic characteristics that Lavenham is known for.

Once they purchased The Greyhound, the team continued trading while planning permission for the refurbishment was approved.

At the end of October, the pub closed for four weeks while the builders and decorators got to work.

Lorna said residents in Lavenham seemed excited by the reopening.

“When we first opened, the feedback we were getting was that people desperately wanted a good pub,” she said.

“We have marketed it as a fine Suffolk pub. We want it to have a real family feel and, at the same time, be quite a funky place to go.”

From Monday, the pub will open from 10am each day offering brunch, lunch, dinner and a selection of drinks, including ales and fine wines.