New lease of life for Lowestoft High Street hostelry
12:00 10 January 2014
The new landlords of a pub in Lowestoft High Street are hoping that a mix of live music and home-cooked food will help to reinvigorate the northern end of the town.
Sean and Mel Evans, from Oulton Broad, have taken over the New Globe Inn and are already attracting a steady stream of customers to regular live music nights featuring local musicians. They are also planning to serve home-cooked and affordable meals in the new year.
The couple, who previously ran The Vine at Hopton, near Diss, took on the lease at the end of July and reopened the pub in September after spending about £8,000 redecorating and refurnishing it.
However, Mr Evans, 32, fell ill with kidney problems shortly afterwards and underwent four operations.
He has recently returned to health and the couple, who have six children and seven horses, are working hard to make their new venture a success.
Mr Evans, who also ran his own window cleaning business in Lowestoft, said: “We are trying to establish it as a live music venue because there is nowhere at that end of town that does music – it is all in Oulton Broad.
“We want to give people a reason to come back up the High Street because at the moment no one seems to care.”
The couple have employed a Security Industry Authority (SIA) licenced doorman and there is no admission after 11.30pm, although the bar is open until late.
Mr Evans said there had not been any trouble at the pub but the measures gave customers a sense of security. He added: “If all the pubs and bars pulled together and a couple more restaurants opened it would give people more of a reason to come back to the High Street.
“It has ended up with a bad reputation and people seem to stay away but everybody that has come to our pub loves it and every band wants to come back again.”
Danny Steel, chairman of Lowestoft Vision, which represents local businesses, said things were looking up, with new businesses opening in High Street and London Road North. He added: “Generally speaking it is looking very positive. There seems to be a bit of a buzz around town.”