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Lord Nelson's old pub to be 'extended and re-opened'

29 September, 2019 - 18:05
The Lord Nelson Pub in Burnham Thorpe is to reopen after three years. Picture: The Holkham Estate

The Lord Nelson Pub in Burnham Thorpe is to reopen after three years. Picture: The Holkham Estate

The Holkham Estate

A closed-down pub is to be reborn as a "community nucleus" filled with artefacts celebrating its namesake, Admiral Horatio Nelson.

The Burnham Thorpe pub was re-named in Lord Nelson's honour after his victory of the French at the Nile.  Picture: Archant LibraryThe Burnham Thorpe pub was re-named in Lord Nelson's honour after his victory of the French at the Nile. Picture: Archant Library

After buying the Lord Nelson pub in Burnham Thorpe in July, the Holkham Estate has now announced plans to "renovate, extend and re-open" the venue.

Peter Michell, Holkham's managing director, said: "The Holkham Estate is thrilled to be embarking on this next chapter in the history of the Lord Nelson, and to re-instate such an iconic landmark - one that is so important to residents.

"This is the beginning of an exciting journey - one that will combine the expertise of our teams together with the passion of the local community, to ensure this historic local landmark lives up to Lord Nelson's legacy."

Mr Mitchell said the pub's interior would showcase a curated collection of historic Lord Nelson artefacts, potentially from the soon to be closed Nelson Museum, as well as from private collections in the area.

The Lord Nelson pub at Burnham Thorpe. Picture: Ian BurtThe Lord Nelson pub at Burnham Thorpe. Picture: Ian Burt

The announcement follows a public meeting on September 25, where people came from as far as Leicestershire and Yorkshire to have their say on the pub's future.

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Suggestions included the pub should be "open every day from 11am to 11pm" and cater "for all including locals and walkers".

Other said the venue should offer everything from "a simple bowl of soup or ploughman's" to "lunch and dinner", "have cycle parking", "offer good quality local food".

People also said the pub should "retain a traditional feel" and be "dog friendly".

The pub, in legendary admiral's home village, had been put up for sale by former owners, Suffolk-based brewer Greene King.

The brewer closed it down in 2016 after a row with the former landlords Debbie and Peter De Groeve.

Originally named The Plough, the pub is known to have been frequented by Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson when he returned to the Burnham Thorpe in the 1780s and 1790s.

It was renamed in his honour in 1798 after the Battle of the Nile, a Royal Navy victory over Napoleon's French Republic.

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The Friends of Burnham Thorpe group registered the pub as an asset of community value in 2016.

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