Hoxne “ground to a halt” as more than 600 turn up to pub’s reopening night

The Turner family have just taken over The Swan in Howne

Pictured: Darren Turner with wife Angela, Ben and Beth (both 9) and Meg the dog ANL-160903-174054009

The Turner family have just taken over The Swan in Howne Pictured: Darren Turner with wife Angela, Ben and Beth (both 9) and Meg the dog ANL-160903-174054009

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The new tenants of a famous north Suffolk pub said they were “overwhelmed” after more than 600 turned up to their reopening night.

The Hoxne Swan, built in 1480, opened its doors for the first time in a year last Thursday with an Irish-themed night, with music and a free hog roast.

We had catered for between 200 and 300, but people just kept coming in and it would have been more, but people could not physically get in

Darren Turner

But Darren Turner, tenant of the Enterprise Inns-owned public house, said people were queuing down the street to get into the pub on St Patrick’s Day, anticipating a turnout of 300.

“There are people who have been in this village for a long time and had never seen the pub so full in their memory,” he said.

“Hoxne ground to a halt. Cars were parked everywhere, people were queuing. I just could not believe it.

“I think there is only a few pubs in England that are as iconic as The Swan and could attract those numbers.

“We had catered for between 200 and 300, but people just kept coming in and it would have been more, but people could not physically get in.”

The evening “smashed” opening night records for Enterprise Inns, said Mr Turner, and the pub was fully booked for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with visitors travelling from as far as Norwich to experience The Swan.

“It’s upwards and onwards now,” added Mr Turner.

“It is a bit of a relief because of what we have put in and invested into the business, it is nice to feel appreciated for what we have done.

“People have been very, very positive and we cannot thank them enough. It is incredible.”

For more, see The Swan Inn Facebook page or call 01379 668275

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