Lynn’s Fenman pub has reopened its doors after a four-month closure and a £50,000 refit.
A landmark building in Blackfriars Road and a beacon for arriving train travellers, the hostelry is now owned by local business couple Tony and Julie Thompson.
Their daughter, Kayleigh, 25, a trained chef, is developing a restaurant in the pub. Their friend, Trevor Barr, 51, a former licensee of the London Porterhouse, is now bar manager.
Miss Thompson attended King Edward VII High School and trained at the College of West Anglia and Knights Hill Hotel.
She said the pub had been redecorated and had new floors and furniture installed. Old photographs of Lynn Station and other railway memorabilia had been re-mounted on the wall and were proving of interest to customers.
A new kitchen is being fitted at a cost of £15,000 and she hopes a steak-house style restaurant for 25 diners will open near Christmas.
She said: “I think there is a gap in the market in this part of Lynn.” Delayed rail travellers had made good use of the pub at the weekend and she hoped to attract a lot of trade from the station.
Future plans include live music at weekends.
Mr Barr said: “I enjoyed my time at the London Porterhouse. I’ve had a break for a few years and it seemed a good time to come back into the pub trade.”