December 8 2013 Latest news:
Monday, August 26, 2013
The future could be looking brighter for a Thorpe St Andrew pub which has seen its doors closed twice in the last three years.
The Griffin, in Yarmouth Road, was shut for three months at the end of 2011 and again in late 2012.
Its current tenant landlords have added some Spanish flair to the pub with tapas dishes on the menu bringing fresh life to the pub.
But owners Enterprise Inns have now lodged a planning application with Broadland District Council for a major refurbishment of the pub.
If approved the company would have permission to replace the pub’s current conservatory with a new single height brick orangery, with timber clad and a vaulted skylight, and double doors leading to a proposed patio area.
An extension to the pub’s kitchen and the existing timber decking to the front of the pub being replaced by paving are also included in the plans.
The plans, lodged by ABA Architecture, state: “The scope of works is to enhance the current layout and increase functionality while making the necessary changes to uplift the aesthetics and create appeal.”
The site has been a source of much speculation in recent years, amid rumours of housing replacing the pub.
But earlier this year 71 homes were given planning permission for nearby Griffin Lane, as part of the permission for the notorious former Norwich Union sports ground site, Pinebanks, where 230 homes are due to be built.
Head of pub marketing at Enterprise Inns, Robert Dale, said: “We are reviewing our options for the site but have not made any decision at this stage.
“This is one of the options we are considering but that will depend on how things progress at the pub.”