The re-opening of a once popular pub as a new restaurant, could also provide a village with a new shop.
The King’s Head in Dullingham has always been a historic landmark in the centre of the village but, in recent years, became something of an eyesore after it was closed and boarded up.
Now in private ownership the interior has been completely refurbished by its new owner, Crown Catering Cambridge, principal caterer to Tattersalls, which is looking to relocate the kitchens of its outside catering business to one of the outbuildings on the King’s Head site.
And once the restaurant is established, a former coach house in front of the King’s Head could be turned into a village shop.
“Over the years most of Dullingham’s local amenities have gone the post office, bakery, garage and garage shop being just a few. The re-opening of a new restaurant, outside catering kitchen facility and retail unit, will all help to revitalise village life and provide a source of additional local employment,” said a spokeswoman for the company.
“We hope our investment will be seen locally in a positive light and we look forward to integrating our business activities into Dullingham village life,” said company chairman Roger Hornett. “In due course we intend to turn one of our outbuildings into a small specialist retail outlet. As part of our research into the viability of such a venture, we are happy to take soundings as to what might be of benefit locally.”
The new King’s Head Restaurant opens on Tuesday.