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Thetford Dragon to Diss Greyhound sees couple embark on exciting new chapter




The owners of a pub in Thetford are embarking on a new venture, handing over the reins of their pub the Green Dragon, so they can take over the running of the Greyhound pub in Diss.

Elle Hutcherson, 22, and partner Ashley Jefford, 32, have spent nearly two years running the Green Dragon, but will move in to the Greyhound and officially take over the pub on July 5.

Miss Hutcherson said: “Firstly we plan to spend the remaining time we are in Covid restrictions on, cleaning and giving the venue a few touch ups.

Thetford, Norfolk 26/06/2021..Elle Hutcherson and Ashley Jetford who currently run the Green Dragon pub in Thetford are set to take over the running of the Greyhound pub in Diss. ..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2021.
Thetford, Norfolk 26/06/2021..Elle Hutcherson and Ashley Jetford who currently run the Green Dragon pub in Thetford are set to take over the running of the Greyhound pub in Diss. ..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2021.

“After the restrictions end we will be looking to re-introduce live music, karaoke, pool tournaments, pub olympics and more, but we are open to ideas from the locals as at the end of the day, this is their pub.

The couple hope to make live music one of the key ingredients for success moving forward, with beer and cider festivals also on the cards.

The Greyhound’s spacious interior and car parking area fit well with this vision, and the pair see the move as being perfectly timed.

“With covid restrictions coming to an end this is the perfect time for anyone to get into the trade”, said Miss Hutcherson.

“The thirst for things to get back to normal is at an all time high, and hopefully when we are truly ready for all restrictions to end, I believe that the pubs will be one of the first places everyone goes.

“I honestly believe the biggest impact that the lockdowns have had is on people’s mental health. For some, the pub is not just something to do - it’s their lifeline to human interaction and when you take that away it’s natural that people will feel alone.

During lockdown we ran a quiz people could join from home and kept in touch with regulars that had no one else at home.

“For us it’s all about the customers. Talking and getting to know them, Helping people create memories they’ll remember in 20 or 30 years. That’s the best part of running a pub.”

Both the Green Dragon and the Greyhound are owned by Craft Union, which offered the following statement on its pub ethos.

“We take our time to find the right people to run our pubs, and then support and enable them to build their own great teams. Happy people make happy pubs. We create welcoming places customers will want to spend time in.”



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