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New café and kitchen marks another mile stone for The Garboldisham Fox

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Villagers have marked a fresh milestone in the resurgence of The Garboldisham Fox, with the opening of a new café and kitchen.

Members of the Garboldisham Fox Community Interest Company celebrated its opening earlier this month, marking the end of a project supported by rural pub champion Pub is The Hub.

Wendy Johnston, Liz Truss, Terry Stork and Ian Skipper. Submitted picture. (3363979)
Wendy Johnston, Liz Truss, Terry Stork and Ian Skipper. Submitted picture. (3363979)

Committee member Janet Hance said: “The new mini-kitchen and café shows that the pub has a real future in the village.

“It’s another step forward for us as we will now be able to offer snack meals and hot drinks, along side the inn’s bar.

“We have such marvellous support from our volunteers and this will open the door to how the community can use the inn in the future.”

The 250-year-old pub was saved in 2016 by villagers, after six years of campaigning and fundraising. It had been closed for 10 years prior to being reopening and had to be renovated.

The latest chapter in the inn’s history was made possible by the Pub is The Hub’s advice and support when accessing a Norfolk County Council grant to help fund the cost of the project.

Terry Stork, regional advisor for Pub is The Hub, said: “This group has been tireless in its efforts to maintain and develop The Fox.

“The addition of a kitchen and café means that people can support their community while improving the overall viability of the pub. ”

West Norfolk MP Liz Truss officially opened the new mini-kitchen and café at the community owned and run inn, commenting that the inn now had a sustainable future.

A coffee morning will be held on August 17 to mark the opening of the café.

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