The owners of a Lynn hotel have announced plans to transform the town’s probation offices into its newest place to eat and stay.
Anthony and Jeannette Goodrich have agreed a deal, understood to be worth around £600,000 to buy the Purfleet Quay site.
The couple already own the nearby Bank House hotel and the Rose and Crown pub in Snettisham.
And Mr Goodrich said the the new deal was another “good news story” for the town.
He said: “The development will further enhance the ongoing King’s Lynn waterfront redevelopment scheme, add to the buzz of the historic riverside area and will create jobs.”
The couple plan to develop up to 10 new bedrooms on the site, as well as a new function room, bar and cafe area.
Mrs Goodrich said the project would allow them to cater for larger groups than they are currently able to at the Bank House.
They also believe the bar and cafe element, which they hope will include outside seating, will respond to customers’ changing dining habits.
Mrs Goodrich said: “People are moving away from starter, main, pudding. They want sharing platters, food they an talk about with their friends.”
Building work on the project is unlikely to begin for several months, as there is an agreement for the Ministry of Justice to remain there for up to another year.
But Mrs Goodrich said: “We hope in a year to 18 months there will be something there. We are very keen to get going with this.”
The couple say they will continue to develop and invest in the Rose and Crown, which was named the Good Food Guide’s UK Pub of the Year two years ago, while work on the new development is taking place.
They have also revealed they are considering bringing in outside investors to help move the project forward.
Mr Goodrich said: “We feel the businesses are now at the right stage to bring in outside investment to help them to continue to flourish and grow.
“We are looking for one or more individuals who understand the ethos of quality and service that underpins everything we do, and who would enjoy and facilitate the future development of the businesses.”