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First look at new expansion and rebuild plans for pub destroyed by fire

PUBLISHED: 17:38 02 May 2018 | UPDATED: 17:38 02 May 2018

Aerial view of the Ingham Swan. Picture: Mike Page

Aerial view of the Ingham Swan. Picture: Mike Page

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Work is well underway to restoring one of Norfolk’s favourite pubs to its former glory.

The side elevation of the property. Plans: The Ingham SwanThe side elevation of the property. Plans: The Ingham Swan

The Ingham Swan was devastated by an electrical fire last September, leaving owners Greg Adjemian and chef patron Dan Smith devastated.

But the pair have now given the public their first glimpse of what they can expect from the new and improved pub, as well as expansion plans for their bed and breakfast.

Mr Adjemian said: “We’ve submitted plans to the North Norfolk District council to add a new entrance onto the pub, as well as adding three new rooms to our B and B.

“We own a cottage a few houses away from the pub. To avoid any confusion, it’s not the cottage that very sadly also burned down besides the pub.

The rear elevation of the property. Plans: The Ingham SwanThe rear elevation of the property. Plans: The Ingham Swan

“We’d like to make those into more rooms and expand our B and B from four to seven rooms. We’re hopeful that it’ll be a good thing for the community, with more full time and casual work becoming available for local people.”

Mr Adjemian, 39, continued: “The entrance we wanted to add because we wanted to improve the customer experience, and have a nicer entry for when people come in.

“We’ve been working closely with conservationist teams and the planning authorities throughout to make sure that it fits the building.”

All materials for the add-on will be in keeping with the Grade II listed property.

Fire crew attend the scene of a major fire at the Ingham Swan pub and neighbouring properties.
Picture: Nick ButcherFire crew attend the scene of a major fire at the Ingham Swan pub and neighbouring properties. Picture: Nick Butcher

Mr Adjemian, who lives near Ingham, continued: “The rebuild is coming along really well. It’s on time and everyone’s working really hard. In the next few weeks we’ll start the process of drying out the building.

“We’ve also started recruiting and retraining staff for the Ingham Swan, and it’s been a long process but it’s so rewarding when you find the right people who are going to take it forward.”

Mr Adjemian is hopeful that the pub will reopen this year.

He previously said: “We’ve set a reopening date for this year - my personal goal is to reopen by October but there are factors which may hold that back.”

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