A FAMOUS pub has been reopened by a couple who want it to be the “hub of the community” after standing empty for years.

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The Magpie Inn, on the A140 in Little Stonham, has been given a new lease of life by managers Rachel and Graham Crookes.

Last Friday the pub, which has the famous archway over the busy road, had its launch event.

“The launch event went very well,” Mrs Crookes, 40, said.

“We opened at 6pm and did not stop till midnight. We had a disco, it was a really good night, a very good start.

“In the next couple of weeks we will start doing food as well. At the moment we are looking at providing really good drink.

“I went into the pub 20 years ago and fell in love. Being able to run the pub is like having my dreams come true. For me it was like winning the lottery.

“We are hoping to make it the hub of the community again. We want to do really good food, a really nice atmosphere and be really welcoming to anyone who comes in.”

Mr and Mrs Crookes will be running the pub with their nieces, Chantelle and Kassey.

The couple also run the Magpie Shop which is attached to the pub and was reopened in July. The shop sells groceries and includes a delicatessen and a tea room.

“Having both together will help the local community,” Mrs Crookes said.

“They want the shop back open, they support the shop and now the pub is open they are supporting it as well.”

The pub is looking for people to donate presents to them which they will then give to a local foster home at Christmas.

The pub is open Monday-Saturday 11am-3pm and 5-11pm, Sundays 12noon-10.30pm.

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