A recently reopened Diss pub which has reverted back to its previous name has been well received, according to its new licensees.
Simon Musk and partner Kim Evans are behind the bar at the Two Brewers in St Nicholas Street, which has been subject to some refurbishment works, with a vision of bringing a drinkers’ pub back into the town since reopening four weeks ago.
All we are trying to do is have a traditional drinkers’ pub and bring it back how it used to be years agoSimon Musk
Mr Musk, who formerly ran the Ruby’s Bar in Diss, said they had been commended for the name change of the public house, which is owned by Star Pubs and Bars.
“It’s been going really well,” he said.
“I used to run a bar down the road, and we used to have a few drinkers in there.
“But it wasn’t really big enough, so when this came up, it had been empty for about two years, we knew we could grow on what we had down there and bring it up to here.
“We want to better what we had down there.
“Diss needs a drinkers’ pub,” he continued.
“All we are trying to do is have a traditional drinkers’ pub and bring it back how it used to be years ago.”
Miss Evans, who previously worked in front of house at Brome Grange, added: “People have been coming back because of the name change.”
Plans are afoot to field a pool and a darts team, while the public house may serve basket food at some stage. The previous Two Brewers pub sign is also in the process of being made up in metal to be hung up outside.
The pub, which dates back to the 17th Century, sits next door to the iconic Corn Hall building, which is currently being refurbished as part of the £3 million Heritage Triangle project, looking to rejuvenate the historic part of the town.
Mr Musk conceded it did not play a part in their decision to take over the pub.
“Basically, we took on the pub because the brewery did a really good deal, a deal we couldn’t turn down.
“Everyone seems to be happy with how it is.”
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