Redgrave pub set to reopen under new ownership

Refurbishment work has begun at an historic north Suffolk pub after it was bought by the owners of a five-star hotel in Lowestoft.

The Cross Keys public house in Redgrave, near Diss, which has been closed since May, is set to reopen later this month after changing hands.

The former Greene King pub was sold to Ann and Colin Ceresa, who own the Britten House bed and breakfast in Lowestoft.

Their children Peter, 23, and Francesca, 21, will be taking on the running of the listed pub in The Street in Redgrave following a refurbishment of the building, which is set to be completed in a couple of weeks.

Mrs Ceresa said the family had been looking to buy a community pub and the Cross Keys fitted the bill when it came on the market. She added that it would be good to have some younger people in the village.

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'It is a very pretty pub in a lovely area and it is a nice community to live in and inside it is split with a restaurant and traditional snug and has a nice pool room and I think it will be really nice.'

'We are not in it for a quick buck, we are in it for a long time and we are doing the place up,' she said.

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The village's only inn, which dates back to the late 16th century, has a bar, restaurant, kitchen, three-bedroom private accommodation, large car park and beer garden.

The family opened a B&B at the birthplace and childhood home of the composer Benjamin Britten four years ago.

John Grace, of Christie and Co, who handled the sale, said: 'The marketing of the Cross Keys generated a high number of viewings and multiple offers. The pub is in an attractive village setting and has all the potential that a traditional village public house has to offer. The new owners plan to operate the business as a traditional village pub with a good food offering, at the heart of the local community. We wish them every success in this new and exciting adventure.'

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