Relaunch for Old Mariner pub in Woodbridge following refurbishment

Publican Vernon Blackmore and manager Gemma behind the bar at the Old Mariners pub in Woodbridge.

Publican Vernon Blackmore and manager Gemma behind the bar at the Old Mariners pub in Woodbridge. - Credit: Archant

The Old Mariner public house in Woodbridge is set to reopen its doors on November 19 following a makeover which includes the introduction of a traditional alehouse tap room.

Publican Vernon Blackmore, who took over the pub in June, is jointly investing with Punch Taverns, which owns the property.

The new tap room will rotate four real ales, served straight from the barrel, and there will be a new food offer described as “traditionally British and home-cooked”.

Mr Blackmore, previously a customer at the pub for many years, said: “The Old Mariner has always been a good drinker’s pub and I’m really looking forward to enhancing that offer.

“I’m excited for the future and have really enjoyed working with Punch who have been very supportive, working with us to bring our joint vision for the pub to life.”

Other plans by Mr Blackmore, together with Old Mariner managers Gemma and Mark, include the introduction of a traditional Sunday Roast offer accompanied by easy listening live music.

Mike Rieder, new business development manager at Punch Taverns, said: “It’s great to be working with Vernon and his team.

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“The offer will be what we all want a good British pub to be – great real ales, backed up by modern beers with proper food which is all delivered by someone with passion and a laugh.”