Haverhill bar and bistro is fully open again after refurbishment
Haverhill's only bistro has taken on a new look and even adopted a new name after its owners decided to take it in a new direction.
Nine Jars Bistro, in High Street, is now effectively split into two areas for daytime and evening trade.
Now, as you walk into the building the seating area on the left, which has undergone a refurbishment, operates as a coffee house during the day, serving Illy coffee, cakes, sandwiches and an all-day breakfast and a restaurant from Thursday to Saturday evenings and from midday to 7pm on Sundays, when it serves roasts.
The coffee shop/restaurant is now called The Bistro at Nine Jars.
The rest of the interior is now used as a sports bar, where a giant screen shows sporting action from around the world during the days and evenings.
With the restaurant area closed from Monday to Wednesday evenings a smaller bar menu is available to patrons.
The bistro opened in October 2016 and according to its manager, James Pilley, the time was right for the changes.
He said: "It's much more focused on the coffee trade during the day. As we have evolved and traded over the past three years it just makes more sense to split them really.
"We open (the coffee house) at 8am now instead of 9am. We closed that side for the whole of January to refurbish it.
"It's got a glass cellar door (as a feature) and we've brightened it up with tiled walls and wooden floors to make it much more of a coffee shop feel.
"We wanted to be a sports bar but we also have a lot of people that come in for coffee and cake so we've not been able to show the sport all the time but now we can open this side as a sports bar all the time."
The newly refurbished coffee shop and restaurant area opened last Thursday and has been well received, said James: "I think it's been quite exciting.
"We have done our first weekend and it was busy in the restaurant."
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