Wetherspoon’s Bell Hotel in Norwich opens its doors after £2.35m revamp

(from left) Team leader Ashlea Brooks, Lord Mayor of Norwich David Fullman, duty manager John Ellul

(from left) Team leader Ashlea Brooks, Lord Mayor of Norwich David Fullman, duty manager John Ellul and a member of the bar staff Alina Diaconescu at the reopening of the Wetherspoon's Bell Hotel in Norwich. Picture: SOPHIE WYLLIE - Credit: SOPHIE WYLLIE

A city centre pub and restaurant reopened today after a £2.35m revamp.

The Wetherspoon's Bell Hotel was closed for five months for the major refurbishment.

Lord Mayor of Norwich, David Fullman, was the guest of honour for the reopening.

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The 15th century building on Orford Hill now includes an additional 1,500 square foot of space from nearby vacant office space, an extended garden and upgraded cellar, kitchens, toilets and bars.

An additional 70 full and part-time jobs have also been created at the pub, bringing the total number of staff to 120.

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Mr Fullman said: 'It looks really good. I hope people are going to enjoy using it.'

Manager Jim Kelly said: 'The renovation has been a long time coming.'

Long-term Norwich customer James Halse, 51, said the refurbishment made the building more spacious making it easier for big groups to visit.

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