Lowestoft pub to close ground floor for flood repair

Adie Fox, manager at The Joseph Conrad, Photo by David Powles Adie Fox, manager at The Joseph Conrad, Photo by David Powles

Monday, March 3, 2014
10:02 AM

Repair and refurbishment work is to take place this week at a town centre Lowestoft pub which was battered by December’s tidal surge.

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The Joseph Conrad, at Station Square, will close its ground floor bar area for three weeks from Wednesday so new floors, a bar and seats can be installed and the customer area redecorated.

The two-storey JD Wetherspoon pub had closed 
for several days after the tidal surge as hundreds of thousands of litres of water had poured into its ground floor and cellar.

During the work the pub’s first floor bar area will remain open and the kitchen will be operating as normal.

Adie Fox, who runs the pub with David Jarnell, said: “It was important to the local community that we opened after the floods, especially during the Christmas and new year period, but we have been waiting for the right opportunity for the work to begin.

“Capacity will be reduced, and we thank our customers, in advance, for their patience and understanding throughout the refurbishment period.”

JD Wetherspoon opened the Joseph Conrad in July last year after converting part of the former Tuttles department store building.

The pub is named after the acclaimed Polish-born novelist William Conrad who landed in Lowestoft in June 1878 on a British freighter, in what was his first visit to the country.

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