Thetford venues offer more intimate celebration

Angie and Gerry Stocks have opened their new B&B called The White Horses in Thetford after renovatin

Angie and Gerry Stocks have opened their new B&B called The White Horses in Thetford after renovating and refurbishing the original property. The couple have also set up a dinner, bed and breakfast deal with The Mulberry Restaurant across the road. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2013

Christmas may feel like a world away - but preparations are already underway for the festive season in Thetford.

As residents and visitors enjoyed the July and August sunshine, restaurants, hotels and bed and breakfasts (B&Bs) were already getting their Christmas brochures ready for a bumper season.

If you were looking to get a seat for Christmas Day lunch at The Mulberry Restaurant in Thetford, you're already too late - December 25 is fully booked.

However, the venue in Raymond Street is still available for party bookings for a range of different sized groups, from small gatherings to larger events of up to 45 people.

Owner Karen Connor said: 'We have a summer break in August and we always try to have things ready for Christmas after then, as that's when people start looking at menus and booking ahead. I don't want to talk about it, but as a business you have to!

'Although we're not huge and can't do massive numbers for big parties, it still retains a bit more of an intimate feel for smaller offices.'

The restaurant also tries to offer a few different festive dishes like fish, for as Mrs Connor explained: 'If you have turkey on Christmas Day, you don't necessarily want it at your work Christmas party.'

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The Mulberry has also linked up with the nearby White Horses Bed and Breakfast, with a mid-week evening meal deal.

Owner Gerry Stocks said B&Bs in the town were often not too busy over Christmas, as many of the town's museums and attractions have previously closed over the festive period.

However, if the town's historical attractions were open he believes more visitors could be attracted to the town, thereby boosting local businesses.

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