A hotel in Lavenham is set to reopen today promising a more traditional approach after being sold by celebrity chef Marco Pierre White.
The restaurateur and TV personality sold The Angel after some locals began to boycott the historic pub.
Cozy Pubs, which bought the remaining lease from the fiery cook, has pledged to give the business a new lease of life, spending up to £100,000 on its renovation.
“We are taking it back to being a community pub serving good food,” said Cozy Pubs director Leanne Langman.
Traditional pub food, such as sausage and mash, steak and fresh fish, will be back on the menu, accompanied by a range of draught ales, lagers and a selection of wines.
Refurbishment work was continuing this week, but by 7pm tonight the hotel will have been repainted inside and out, with the accommodation redecorated and a new comfy bar area incorporated into the building’s design.
Mr White sold The Angel just three years into a long-term lease.
Recent guests had taken to TripAdvisor – a review-based travel website – to describe their stays at the venue as “absolutely ghastly” and “awful”.
Mr White’s troubles began when he first opened in 2011 – stopping the sale of lager and cider after claiming that it attracted the “wrong kind of clientele”.
He said at the time: “This is now not a local boozer – it’s a hotel.”