Douglas Bader pub in Martlesham Heath to reopen next week after £254,000 refurbishment

A file picture of the Douglas Bader in Martlesham Heath, before work began on the current refurbish

A file picture of the Douglas Bader in Martlesham Heath, before work began on the current refurbishment. - Credit: Archant

The Douglas Bader pub in Martlesham Heath is to re-open its doors next Wednesday following a £254,000 investment by national pub operator Punch.

And there will also be a new face behind the bar following the four-week refurbishment, with experienced publican John Wray taking over the reins.

“The re-launch marks a new era for the Douglas Bader and I am delighted to be involved in shaping its future,” said Mr Wray.

“I grew up in the pub trade – you could say it runs in the family – so I am very much looking forward to applying all I have learned to help make the pub the best it can be.

“Part of that is having the right people on-board and I was fortunate to have inherited such a great team. Our customers will be pleased to know that all of the friendly faces which they were used to seeing are still here for the re-launch.”


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The pub is beinge remodelled internally to increase its dining capacity and improve the flow between dining and drinking areas. The space will also be redecorated, including new furnishings, flooring and toilets.

Televisions and a Sky sports package have been installed while the gaming and entertainment area has been upgraded, featuring a pool table and darts board. The external appearance of the pub will also be updated with new signage, lighting and furniture.

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Mr Wray added: “The pub benefits from a great location in a lovely village setting and the team and I can’t wait to see it back to its best as a community pub which local residents can be proud of.

“When the doors re-open, customers can expect fantastic service, a new food and drinks offer, alongside a jam packed live sports and live entertainment programme.

“I would like to welcome customers new and old to join us on November 30 from 6pm in celebrating this exciting new beginning for the pub.”

Mathew Hughes, openings manager for Punch, said: “We would like to thank all of the pub’s loyal customers for their patience while the work is underway. We can assure them that it will be well worth the wait!

“When it re-opens, the Douglas Bader will proudly offer all the ingredients that go into making a strong community pub: quality service, a premium drinks range, great food and a busy entertainment programme, all within a modern yet welcoming setting.

“We hope that the new look will prove a big hit with our regulars and we are confident that with his many years of experience John is the perfect person to drive the business forward.”

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