A family run village pub that was on the brink of closure when they took it over has taken the latest step in its continued growth by opening a restaurant.
The Greyhound is the only pub in Wickhambrook and has been run by Jack Couzens, his partner Damien Pearce and Jack’s parents Paul and Karen Couzens since they moved there from Kent in August 2011.
On December 12 they launched their newly built restaurant, Twenty One, one week after holding a preview night for their regulars.
The opening of the 42-seat restaurant is the latest development at the pub and shows how far it has come from the day they took it over.
Karen said: “It was in danger of closing when we took it over. It would have been a village without a pub.”
Since then the family has gone on to be instrumental in reviving the Wikhambrook Carnival and the village OAP Christmas Party and they run pub pool, darts and dominoes teams, they lay on the fireworks display and sponsor the village adult and youth football teams, plus much more.
Initially the restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner from Thursday to Sunday (lunch only).
Jack said: “We trialled food for about one year to see if it was worth investing in and the small amount of food we did went well.
“We are doing traditional Sunday lunches and British food with a modern twist. It’s all made on the premises and we have got steak on lava rock that we can cook at the table.”
Award winning Tudor coffee is served and all of Twenty One’s suppliers and staff are local, including Nethergate Wines and Chilford Hall Wines.
Bar food is also available from Wednesdays onwards (the pub is closed Monday and Tuesday lunchtimes) and should anyone wish to eat but find the restaurant full they can eat in the bar.