A Suffolk pub that closed at the start of January is set to reopen soon following a redecoration and refurbishment.

Southwold-based brewer Adnams, which owns the Railway Inn in Aldeburgh, has announced that it intends to reopen the pub before Easter.

The pub closed in January and announced the news on its Facebook page, which said: "Good day all, just to let you know, the pub will close its doors as of Sunday. Adnams will let you know when it reopens."

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The post from the pub's landlord prompted a flurry of good luck messages in response.

The Leiston Road pub was run for over a decade by Shirley and Karl Barber after they took it over in 2009.

However, they left in November 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, having previously considered leaving before the virus struck.

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The wet pub was affected by the tiers introduced to control the virus, which meant that it had to reopen at a later date because it did not serve food.

At the time, Shirley described how she would miss the customers.

She said: “We will miss them terribly.

“We have had the best time.

“Whoever takes it over we wish them to have a lovely life here.

"I am sure the community will support them.”

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Nick Attfield, director of hospitality and retail at Adnams, said: "The Railway, Aldeburgh has been run as an Adnams tenancy for many years.

"It is currently closed whilst we undertake some redecoration and refurbishment works.

"We intend to reopen before Easter and will be keeping customers updated via the pub’s Facebook Page as these works progress.

"In the meantime, we have three other pubs in the town – The Cross Keys, Mill Inn and White Hart, which will continue to offer a warm Adnams welcome to visitors and locals alike."