New pub and deli to open at former Wenns pub in King’s Lynn
- Credit: Ian Burt
A new traditional pub and deli is set to open later this year in historic King's Lynn.
Following the success of the award-winning Market Bistro, owners Lucy and Richard Golding bought neighbouring pub The Wenns, which closed two years ago, in the Saturday Market Place.
The 19th century building is undergoing a total makeover, with the ground floor accommodating a pub and deli with outdoor seating and the upper floors to be converted into eight self-catering apartments with stunning views of the King's Lynn Minster.
Mrs Golding said the new project will bring 15 new full and part time jobs and boost economy and tourism in the area.
'We were asked if we would like next door and with it being next to the Market Bistro we thought why not,' she said. 'The quality and standard will be exactly the same but the food will be completely different - it will be a traditional pub and deli with local craft beer, ale, cocktails and lots of different gin.
'It is two years in the making and I am really excited, I think it is something this end of town needs.
'It will be nothing quite like King's Lynn has seen before, I can't wait to get it open,' she added.
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There were initial worries of the building being converted into property, but Mrs Golding said locals were happy to learn it is to remain a pub.
'The feedback has been outstanding and really positive,' she added.
Steeped in history, the Grade II listed building dates as far back as 1872 and there are even talks of it being haunted.
Mrs Golding said: 'One of the old landladies said the ghost pulled her hair in her sleep.
'We have heard ghost stories about the Market Bistro but after eight years and living above it for four we have not come across them.'
The name of the pub is yet to be revealed and is scheduled to open early autumn.
On the new decor, Mrs Golding said a local lighting company will be giving the pub an industrial look while Studio20a, based in the Tuesday Market Place, will be looking over the branding, having worked with the Goldings before for Market Bistro.
The pub will be opened for visitors to take a sneak peak and try some of the beers on offer on Heritage Open Day on Sunday, September 10.