Botesdale and East Harling: Owner invests in two pubs on Suffolk-Norfolk border

Two independently-run pubs have received new investments, including the opening of a new kitchen and indoor children’s play area.

The Greyhound in Botesdale, which has been owned by Chris Burnard for the last eight years, is now serving food following the completion of an extension to create a kitchen and a new pool room.

The businessman has also invested in the George and Dragon in East Harling by turning a former function room into a children’s indoor play area with a ball pool, slide and top deck with fireman’s pole, and illuminated dance floor.

Mr Burnard said the Greyhound had started serving “good pub grub” as part of the “natural progression” of the inn by making use of a dead space behind the building.

Chef Andrew Masters, who learnt his trade at the George and Dragon, has transferred to the Botesdale pub.

He added that customers would still be able to bring in their takeaways to eat from the neighbouring chip shop and Chinese restaurant if they wanted to.

The pub’s new menu was launched with a free carvery for 80 locals on Sunday, October 21.

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Mr Burnard said: “We continually strive to improve the facilities and atmosphere at our pubs by constant improvement and a warm welcome by personable staff.”