Pub toasts success during recession

SERVING behind the bar at one popular Ipswich public house are two new owners, today celebrating the storming success of their burgeoning venture.

SERVING behind the bar at one popular Ipswich public house are two new owners, today celebrating the storming success of their burgeoning venture.

Kevin Liard and Adrian Trenter took over the running of The Garland on Humber Doucy Lane two weeks ago, and since the official start business has been booming.

Following a “fantastic” opening evening the business partners are enjoying the new challenges, transforming the pub with a new relaxation lounge and children's play area.

Mr Liard said: “It has gone really well, beyond our expectations.

“We had the idea to transform the rear bar, previously never used by customers. Now we have given it a lick of paint and put some new sofas there, as well as a television and games for people to play.

“The children's area out the back is a work in progress at the moment, but we wanted to make the pub more family orientated.

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“It has been great. We have got former customers coming back, people who have not been here for years coming back and new trade as well.”

The new owners have introduced a new menu, with special lunchtime offers each day and specials for pensioners.

They have nominated St Elizabeth's Hospice as their charity of choice to support and have got plans in place for a series of fundraisers in the coming months.

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