Pub reopens in Little Thurlow

Connor Laybourne of the Thurlow Cock ANL-140813-093551001
Connor Laybourne of the Thurlow Cock ANL-140813-093551001

A Little Thurlow pub has reopened after being closed for refurbishment.

The Thurlow Cock, formerly the Cock Inn, in Little Thurlow, has reopened under new management.

The pub reopened on August 2, with head chef and general manager Connor Laybourne, 22, hoping to keep the establishment a favourite with the locals.

“I really wanted to do something different,” said Mr Laybourne, who had travelled around France and Australia in search of culinary inspiration. “I wanted to offer something new without being pretentious.

“You drive past so many country pubs and you can guess the menu without even looking at it. I want this to be the kind of place where people can come and try something new. I want to use the best ingredients, have a short menu and do things well. Nothing should be too expensive.

“We’re trying to source quality ingredients. I don’t mind going a little further up the road if it means the quality’s there.”

The pub has been an important part of Little Thurlow’s community since the 17th century, when it was a coaching inn.

“It’s over 300 years old,” said manager Donna-Marie Wishart.

“Especially in some of the back rooms, the place has this amazing feel. It has a lot of character. In the winter, we’re going to have the fire lit.

“There’s a lot of responsibility that comes with a place like this. It’s a part of the community.

“People have told me that, while the pub was closed, they hardly saw their friends because there was nowhere else for them to meet. We’re hoping to attract people from the area and also to give people a reason to travel and seek us out.”