Cromer pub ready to open to customers

A Cromer pub that dates back to the Victorian era will open its doors to customers for the first time in four months on Saturday after a complete redecoration and under new management.

The King's Head on the high street has been shut since October, when it closed mysteriously soon after being turned into an American-themed pub and diner.

Owners Punch Taverns confirmed in January that new licensees had taken over, but they have only now been named as Mark Jackson and Gail Green.

For Mr Jackson this will be his third time in charge of the pub, having run it from 1989 to 1991 and again in 2006 until 2008.

Mr Jackson, who lives in Cromer, said the pair had originally hoped to open in mid-February but had to wait months to get the building reconnected to the gas main.

'We've been using the time to decorate the place top-to-tail, end-to-end, including carpets,' he said.

'People will hopefully come in and be pleasantly surprised.'

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He has previously run pubs and hotels all over the UK, including Bristol.

Despite the current economic climate, which has forced many pubs in the county to close their doors, he remained optimistic for the future of the King's Head.

'We've got the busy road out there from the church to the top of the zig-zag,' he said.

'Hopefully that will attract people in.

'It's a problem for business, but myself and my partner have known the pub for 30 or 40 years and we just want to put it back how it was.

'We're taking it back to its roots. Good food, good beer and good company.

'We're quite keen to open now. We've spent money and now its time to try and put some of that back in the bank,' he added.

The pub will not have any television screens, but hopes to join local darts and pool leagues once it has opened.

It will also serve food and what was the car park will eventually be turned into a beer garden.