Food guide nod for fire-hit Unruly Pig restaurant near Woodbridge

Head chef Dave Wall (left) and restaurant manager, Kevin Hunter, at The Unruly Pig in Bromeswell out

Head chef Dave Wall (left) and restaurant manager, Kevin Hunter, at The Unruly Pig in Bromeswell outside the pub which was damaged by fire but has still been included in the Good Food Guide.

A fire-hit Suffolk restaurant, forced to close less than three months after opening, has been boosted by news of its inclusion in the annual Good Food Guide.

The Unruly Pig opened in Bromeswell, near Woodbridge, in April but was badly damaged by a blaze in the early hours of June 23.

Despite being open for such a short period before having to close its doors, the restaurant entered this year’s guide as a new entry – recommended for good cooking, showing sound technical skills and using quality ingredients.

Owner, Brendan Padfield said: “After a difficult few months, this has brought us such great cheer and is a real accolade for the whole team at The Unruly Pig, particularly the kitchen team and of course our brilliant head chef, Dave Wall.”

Around 50 firefighters tackled June’s blaze, managing to save much of the building, thought to date from the 16th century, despite part of the roof collapsing.

The fire was thought to have started in the kitchen area of the restaurant, which opened in place of the British Larder and could be back in business before the end of November.

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Mr Padfield said: “We are just so delighted to get into such a prestigious guide, and so soon after opening. We are now champing at the bit to reopen – and we are on schedule for this to happen in mid to late November.

“I would very much like to reiterate all our team’s thanks to so many loyal customers who continue to tell us that they can’t wait to see us back. It’s all been very humbling but also so encouraging.”

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