From eyesore to the Med: New plan for King’s Lynn pub

New owner of the Hogshead Erdal Uzun
New owner of the Hogshead Erdal Uzun
Have your say

Work has started on transforming a closed pub, which has blighted Lynn’s High Street.

Erdal Uzun bought the Hogshead in December and plans to re-open it soon as Eros, a bar selling Mediterranean food.

The Hogshead shut its doors for the final time in 2008 after falling victim to the smoking ban and has stood empty since then.

Mr Uzun has already started work on redeveloping the site and hopes to eventually create ten full and part-time jobs.

He said: “I loved the building from the first time I saw it and it wasn’t very easy to buy.

“We are going to create something new and different.

“It is going to be a comfortable place where people can eat and drink.”

But Mr Uzun and his team of workers have a big job ahead in renovating the building, which had once been an emporium.

Work has started inside the building and Mr Uzun is looking to create a garden at the back of the bar.

There is no timescale of when Eros will open its doors for the first time.

Mr Uzun said: “There is a lot of work to do. The boiler was not working, some wood had fallen down and I’ve had to change other things.

“In a few weeks, I hope to finish fixing things and move onto the next stage.

“The garden is going to be wonderful.”

Mr Uzun says the bar will be serving Spanish, Italian, French and Turkish food.

He said: “We are going to offer Lynn something different. I don’t think there is any where selling Mediterranean food.

“This is my first challenge of this kind. People say I am crazy.”

News of the redevelopment has been welcomed by businesses in the area but concerns were expressed about any potential trouble in the evenings.

Bernadette Chappell owns Deck of Cards, which is close to the bar.

She said: “It is good to see the place being painted and cleaned.

“This part of the High Street is really nice and comfortable with flower displays and is very close to the Minster.

“If the new bar can add to this part of the street it would be good.

“We hope they keep their clientèle in order.”

Jess Cunningham, from the King’s Lynn Business Improvement District, said: “I think it will really fit in with the Saturday Market Place re-development.”