The eagerly anticipated opening of Greene King’s brand new pub, The Gatehouse, which features a Hungry Horse restaurant, took place this week at South Lynn .
And the Hungry Horse mascot, Super Horse, himself put in a personal appearance to welcome the first visitors to the pub at Kellard Place, on the junction of Hardwick Road and Nar Ouse Way.
The pub is very much a family affair run by general managers Kevin and Jay Jones, their daughter Donna Crich, who is deputy manager, and their granddaughter, Amber Crich, who is restaurant manager. It has also created around 75 new jobs, a mixture of full and part-time roles, and most have been recruited through the local JobCentre Plus scheme.
Even before The Gatehouse opened, it was attracting a lot of interest, said Jay. “While we were getting the pub ready, we had a steady stream of visitors coming to the doors all day, every day.
“We are really looking forward to the future and, although this is the eighth Hungry Horse that we have taken over, this is the first one which has been a brand new building. It makes it much more exciting to work somewhere where everything is completely new.
“Its position is ideal and when the Travelodge opens next door in the spring, we think that will make a huge difference, too, as people will stay at the hotel and then visit the pub.”
Plans for the pub include sports fixtures shown on big screen TV when special offers will be available and also every day of the week there will be special food offers for families. Children are catered for with a play area and a full children’s menu and regular quiz nights and karaoke are planned.
Prior to the official opening on Monday, the pub invited guests to try out the restaurant over the weekend as a way of thanks for their support and also to help the staff become familiar with the venue.