New look pub re-opens after £140,000 makeover
PUBLISHED: 13:50 22 March 2019 | UPDATED: 10:03 23 March 2019
The glory days could soon be back at what was once known as the fishermen's local pub in Cromer.
The new-look Albion in Church Street, minus the pool table, has just reopened after a £140,000 revamp.
The new pub boasts new wooden flooring, along with upgraded seating, wallpaper and toilets.
Its food menu will soon be relaunched, the real ale offer will be improved and a new hot drinks coffee machine will be delivered next week.
The makeover was paid for by Admiral Taverns, whose business development manager Jean-Paul Russek said: “It’s cost about £140,000.
“The overhaul is not yet complete, with new signage to be put outside, which will be a dramatic uplift and will require highways to close the road.
“We felt it needed it. We have got great tenants and we wanted to back their commitment. The old pub was a bit threadbare.
“It’s still a drinkers’ pub, but we wanted to create a tavern feel. We have updated the kitchen.
“Pool playing in pubs is declining, and people wanted a snug area where the table used to be, and we’ve introduced a new way to the toilets, which are very high spec for a pub. The gents’ toilets were particularly horrible.”
The pub is run by Steve, also known as family entertainer Steve Pyevarotti, and Zena Pye, who took over last July. The pub was closed for three weeks for refurbishment.
Mrs Pye said: “The pub has a lovely, warm feel to it. People can be involved or not involved. There’s a real buzz of excitement in the town.”
Regulars Monika Thomas, George Coldham and Neil Davies are delighted with the changes.
Mr Davies said: “I’ve been coming here for 22 years since I was 18. I love it. There’s always been a friendly atmosphere in here.
“Everybody respects Steve and Zena, and it’s now somewhere for Cromer to be proud of.”
The ribbon cutting was performed by town mayor David Pritchard, who said: “With so many pubs closing, to have such a well-known local pub being restored, and given a new lease of life, is fantastic for Cromer.”