7 great pubs that opened in Suffolk in 2021
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This year may have been a difficult one for the hospitality industry due to coronavirus, but that didn't stop a number of pubs in Suffolk from serving their first customers.
Here's seven pubs in the county that either opened or reopened in 2021.
This Ipswich town centre pub reopened under new owner James Langan, who also runs the Station Hotel, in the summer.
Mr Langan said he hoped the pub could help to "bring back a sense of community to the high street".
Blue Boar, Oulton
The Blue Boar, near Lowestoft, dates back to the 1600s but had been closed for a number of years before Burwood Inns took it on this December.
Director Gemma Burwood revealed the firm invested £150,000 into bringing the pub back into the community.
Butcher's Arms, Leiston
Gina Corani has 25 years of experience in running pubs and took charge of the Butcher's Arms in the east Suffolk village in August.
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The pub is dog-friendly and is managed by Ms Corani's daughter Louise Longhurst, while food is prepared by head chef Trevor Cummins.
Lauren Peck, general manager of the new-look Falcon, said: "It's a cozy, warm, welcoming vibe — like a village country pub in the middle of town."
Maldon Grey, Sudbury
Beckie and Tony Bayliss, parents of Teigan Bayliss, have taken on the Maldon Grey in Sudbury and plan to use the venue to fundraise for their daughter.
Teigan contracted neonatal herpes and suffered permanent damage when she was kissed on the lips as a baby, with her parents becoming campaigners to raise awareness of the dangers.
Three Kings, Fornham All Saints
Husband-and-wife duo Chris and Hayley Lee, who also manage the award-winning Bildeston Crown, took charge of this pub near Bury St Edmunds this summer.
Mr Lee revealed the Three Kings underwent a "major refurb" before it reopened.
The Lady of the Lake, Oulton
Steve Thornton, of LEC Pubs, made it a "lucky number seven" when he opened this pub after Covid rules were eased in April.
Mr Thornton's firm already ran six pubs, but he said the Lady of the Lake would become the "flagship" of his portfolio.