The refurbished Norwich pub proving a success

Landlord Alan Archer at the Oak Tree pub, formerly the Maid Marion, now open after it's refurbishmen

Landlord Alan Archer at the Oak Tree pub, formerly the Maid Marion, now open after it's refurbishment. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Two publicans are looking forward to the new year thanks to the success of their newest project.

The Oak Tree, formerly the Maid Marion, now open after it's refurbishment. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Oak Tree, formerly the Maid Marion, now open after it's refurbishment. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Alan Archer and his partner Gemma Burwood, made the decision to take over The Oak Tree, in Norwich.

Expecting the move to happen in 2016, a few whirlwind weeks meant the pair were welcoming customers at the beginning of December.

The restaurant has been completely refurbished, including a new bar with a built-in carvery, new furniture and a lick of paint both inside and out.

The duo have previously managed pubs across the region and are now celebrating a successful Christmas as landlords at the Ipswich Road establishment.

Using produce from local suppliers and offering visitors a host of premium lagers and ales, the publicans fed more than 60 people on Christmas day.

Welcoming back old faces and meeting new at the family pub and restaurant, Alan Archer, landlord, said it was worth the quick turnaround.

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'We were looking for somewhere and thought we would have a place of our own in the new year but in a whirlwind this place came up and it has been great, it happened so quickly I was here pulling up carpets and getting it ready, but now we are open and it is going really well.

'We are seeing people who had stopped coming before and have regulars already.'

Hosting quiz nights, fish nights, pizza nights, curry nights and pie nights, the establishment has been reinstated with its community status.

'On Thursdays we have steak nights and now we have customers ordering their food in advance – one person had ordered a 20 ounce rib eye as the one on our menu is between 10 and 12 ounces, but if someone wants something we try and do that for them.'

Mr Archer added: 'We had our first Christmas party which was really exciting and have lots of interest in New Year.'

Tonight people will be entertained by a Michael Jackson tribute in the first big event for the newly refurbished site.

For more information visit www.oaktreenorwich.co.uk

If you have a story about a pub being refurbished, email jemma.walker@archant.co.uk or call 01603 772531