Lowestoft duo open pub for the first weekend
A duo of co-owners have been busy welcoming locals and pub-goers for their first opening weekend.
Toby Westgarth and Dominic Burke, of Sir Toby’s Beers in Norwich, took over the Stanford Arms at Lowestoft for a soft launch on Thursday.
They had already picked up the pub at a virtual auction, collecting the keys on April 29.
After three years at Sir Toby’s Beers in the Norwich Market, the two will now serve seated pints rather than takeout pints.
The pair welcomed locals on Thursday with a soft launch and they had their first full-day opening on Friday.
For Dominic, all of this was a promising start.
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He said: “The opening weekend went very well.
“It will be the most difficult point for us right now due to the Covid restrictions, so it can only get easier.
“I have a background in cocktail making, but owning our own pub was just the next step for me and Toby.”
Mr. Burke says the community response to the opening has been second to none.
He said: “We have been blown away by the support and the positive comments.
“We know this pub was a big hit before and the buzz around town hitting us on it has been great.”
In a few weeks the pub will start offering special pizzas and plans are in place for the barbecue to continue.
Joe Marks, Cellar Manager, is responsible for sourcing local and craft beers.
He said: “We will keep real ale and craft beers and also develop the craft side in the coming months.
“We worked on the renovation of the garden and had the previous aviary dismantled,
“The furniture is a bit complicated right now, so we’re going to renovate it as well.
“We will also be presenting live music at some point when we are allowed to do so and we will encourage local artists to introduce themselves to us.”
The pub is hosting an award-based crowdfunder for a new garden set with six new keg lines and a cooler to “spice up the place.”
Anyone who donates £ 1 will receive £ 1.50 for a bar tab with your name on it to use at Stanford Arms.
Visit: crowdfunder.co.uk/sir-tobys-beers to participate.