Gedney Drove End pub to reopen this weekend with new faces in charge
The fortunes of Gedney Drove End's only pub are now in the hands of a young couple who aim to make it as comfortable as home.
Chloe Flynn (22) and Dean Wilson (26) are the new team running The Rising Sun after it changed hands in June.
Leaseholder Jon Foster, originally of Long Sutton, put Chloe and Dean in charge of the Pit Lane pub after seeing their success in operating one of his other premises in Norwich.
Described as a "true village local in the heart of the peaceful village of Gedney Drove End and set in the unspoilt semi-rural eastern marshes", Chloe and Dean are working hard to have the pub ready for its grand reopening on Saturday, June 11.
Chloe, a former make-up artist in the film industry, said: "Dean and I moved over from Ireland in December 2019 and started working for Jon and his wife Tina straight away.
"I'd been working in restaurants and pubs for a good few years so it just became second nature to me when I started working in their bars.
"We got on really well and took a shine to them from the off.
"As soon as we heard the news that Jon and Tina were taking over The Rising Sun, Dean and I were anticipating what it would be like.
"We were so surprised when we came into the pub and saw some signs that were Irish.
"It was almost as if the pub was made for us."
The couple plan to restore the pub's steak nights and Sunday carveries, with order being taken for lunch this weekend.
In the near future, regulars will also be able to sample hand-made stone-baked pizzas, either to eat in or take away.
Dean said: "The Rising Sun has great backing from all the customers and it has great respect from people who visit Gedney Drove End.
"People know it for what it is and while we'll be changing things a little due to social distancing, that's a temporary thing and we're not going to change too much.
"It's just a phenomenal place and as we'll be living on site, we're making this our home."
Jon said: "Me and Tina saw the place was up for rent, viewed it on June 20 and pretty much did the deal on the same day.
"It's pretty much the oldest building in the village, over 200 years old, and it's got a very good following for its food.
"I spoke to quite a lot of the locals over the past week and they're very excited to have a couple here who will breathe some life back into the pub."
Chloe said: "We're hoping that people will be happy to see a young couple here, but we want to draw in people of every age.
"We want anybody who walks in the pub to feel at home."