King’s Lynn quayside to be transformed by new hotel and restaurant

The Custom House is reflected in the Purfleet in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The Custom House is reflected in the Purfleet in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

You could be sipping wine by the riverside soon as plans are under way to transform the derelict probation offices on Purfleet Quay into a bar and hotel.

At a prime location, the new bar is set to bring more visitors into town as part of the ongoing transformation of King's Lynn waterfront.

The offices were bought by King's Lynn tycoons Jeannette and Anthony Goodrich who also own Bank House Hotel on King's Staithe Square and the Rose and Crown in Snettisham.

Mrs Goodrich said they are working closely with architects to convert the offices into 10 to 12 bedrooms, several flats, a function room and an all-day cafe and bar with outdoor seating overlooking the river.

Mrs Goodrich said the cafe will bring a more upmarket take on traditional meals mirroring the styles of cities like Ipswich and Southampton, adding: 'We thought what a wonderful site it was by the riverside and it is wasted on the probation offices, and how great it would be to have tables outside. People love being by the water.

The former probation office beside the Purfleet in King's Lynn. Picture: Chris Bishop

The former probation office beside the Purfleet in King's Lynn. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

'There's a move away from having a three course meal, the trend is much more towards having lots of smaller dishes for everyone to share, it is a fun way of eating.'

The couple are hoping to employ between 20 to 30 people on part-time and full-time basis once the hotel and bar is up and running, hopefully within the next year. Calls will be made to outside investors to kick-start the project.

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'What we really want to do is get in and gut it to see what is there.' Mrs Goodrich said. 'With what we have in mind there is a lot of work to do.

'It will be an attractive opportunity for lots of people who are interested in putting money into restaurant ventures. We've had the Rose and Crown for 22 years so we'd like to get somebody else involved.'

The former probation office beside the Purfleet in King's Lynn. Picture: Chris Bishop

The former probation office beside the Purfleet in King's Lynn. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

Mrs Goodrich said the quay has become an attractive spot for locals to wine and dine, adding: 'The quayside in the last few years has come alive, there's a couple of other bars and restaurants and people think of walking around and visiting different places, what we want is to build on that.

'I hope to have another quality bar and eating place opened up to enhance the quay further, an area for King's Lynn to be proud of and bring more visitors into town.'

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