A Norfolk pub has been taken over by the owners of an award-winning Indian restaurant. 

The White Horse pub in Cromer is now being run by couple Jay and Kelly Ali, who own the nearby Masala Twist restaurant. 

The curry house on the corner of Cromer's Prince of Wales Road is just down the road from the West Street pub. 

The couple have replaced former landlord Paul Vials, who only reopened The White Horse two weeks ago after taking on the pub in December last year. 

READ MORE: Landlord's tenancy terminated at Norfolk pub less than two weeks after reopening

Eastern Daily Press: The White Horse pub in West Street, Cromer The White Horse pub in West Street, Cromer (Image: Adam Barker)

The pub will reopen under the management of Mr and Mrs Ali this Friday (February 16). 

"We're looking forward to opening and we've got big plans for the pub," Mrs Ali said. 

"It’s right next door to Masala Twist so we can keep an eye on both businesses at the same time.

"It comes with so much potential and we feel there's so much we can do with it."

READ MORE: Masala Twist Indian restaurant Cromer wins TripAdvisor award

Eastern Daily Press: Kelly and Jay AliKelly and Jay Ali (Image: Masala Twist)

The couple plan to improve the pub's car park and garden area, and hope to put on events and entertainment throughout the year. 

They also want to enhance the pub's food offering, with plans for a summer seafood menu and Sunday roasts.

The couple said they first enquired about the pub in November last year after former landlady Annie Kemp left after 18 years. 

READ MORE: Landlady 'heartbroken' to leave pub of 18 years after £16k rent rise

Eastern Daily Press: Masala Twist in Prince of Wales Road, CromerMasala Twist in Prince of Wales Road, Cromer (Image: Masala Twist)

The White Horse is owned by Stonegate Group - the largest pub company in the UK, with more than 4,500 sites. 

A spokesperson for Stonegate said: “The White Horse is due to open this week with new operators Jay and Kelly Ali, following a short spell on a temporary tenancy.

"Jay and Kelly are well known in the area and are looking forward to welcoming the community back to the pub.”

Mr Vials claimed he felt “used” by the pub chain after having his tenancy terminated less than two weeks after reopening.