Family’s second pub opens after £250k revamp

ALL SET: Staff from The Ram in Hadleigh.
ALL SET: Staff from The Ram in Hadleigh.

A Hadleigh pub will reopened on Friday after a complete refurbishment at the hands of a family hoping to repeat the success of its first business.

Lorna Macmillan and her brothers Oliver and Iain have overseen the transformation of The Ram in Market Place and will open the new-look pub and restaurant tomorrow.

They have been running their first pub, The Swan in Long Melford, since August 2011, with Lorna in charge of front-of-house, Oliver as head chef, Iain as a trainee chef and dad Andrew keeping tabs on the finances.

“It has been a seven-week rebuild,” said Miss Macmillan, from Hadleigh.

“The Ram is a really historic building and there are lots of quirky bits about it we have left – we want it to feel like a modern country pub.”

The revamp has seen the bar redesigned to open up the building, new toilets, a function room and entirely new kitchen built by local businesses under Iain’s direction, with the decoration and menu to bear many of the hallmarks of The Swan, including matched food and drink and locally-sourced ingredients.

The Ram has taken on around 30 staff, while The Swan’s team has grown to 22 to cope with demand. Lorna said she will visit both pubs as regularly as possible.

“We have a head chef and front-of-house manager for both and we will work really closely with them,” she said.

The restaurant is already fully booked for its opening and the family hopes Hadleigh residents will give them a warm welcome.

“We had a stand at the Hadleigh Show and the feedback from visitors was amazing,” said Lorna.