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New wine bar opens in historic hanseatic warehouse in King’s Lynn

Owner James Lee with Amy Bannister  (member of the bar staff) inside 
The Rathskeller Bar at Hanse House.

Owner James Lee with Amy Bannister (member of the bar staff) inside The Rathskeller Bar at Hanse House.

A new wine bar is among a string of new business projects which have just got under way at historic Hanse House on Lynn’s South Quay.

The bar, named The Rathskeller, a name given to a bar or restaurant in German-speaking countries and chosen to reflect the property’s hanseatic links, is now open daily from 5pm to 11pm.

And it is planned to extend those hours when a new bistro gets up and running in the next two to three weeks. “We’re currently in the process of fitting out the kitchen and recruiting a chef and other staff,” said Kirsty Gauntley, manager of Hanse House. “We have decided to get both the bar and the bistro up and running and then take our time finding a suitable tenant.”

In addition a gallery area is almost complete after refurbishment which may be leased to an individual or organisation, or possibly Hanse House would take on board its operation itself.

“The indoor market is attracting new stallholders weekly. As well as established traders we are always adding to the mix and have recently welcomed GB Cupcakes from Southery, who are a new business which is at Hanse House every Tuesday and Friday,” said Kirsty.

“We’re also really pleased to see Sue’s Tea Room opening in the market taken on by two of our existing stallholders, Dave and Sue Bodsworth who have branched out from silver cutlery jewellery and vintage plate cakestands. Sue said she had always wanted to run a tea room and this presented for her the perfect opportunity.”

The tea room which has recently opened is already proving popular and has gained regular customers.

 
 
 

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