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Great Notley pub, the Essex Cricketers, has received a £40,000 renovation, jointly funded by licensee Alan Lilley and Britain’s oldest brewer Shepherd Neame. Situated on the green in the heart of the village of Great Notley, near Braintree, the pub’s renovation has focused on the 60-seater restaurant and separate function room.
Says licensee Alan Lilley, “We’ve significantly improved our restaurant offer in response to customer feedback and believe we have unrivalled function facilities for individuals or groups wishing to host celebrations at the pub. We look forward to welcoming new customers.”
The Centurion restaurant now offers more intimate, private dining spaces instead of the previous more open-plan layout. Food is served daily, at lunchtimes and evenings, and customers can choose from two competitively priced menus, the pub food menu or the restaurant menu.
The restaurant menu includes a selection of home-cooked starters and mains such as sweet potato and coriander fishcakes and Mediterranean wellington as well as desserts, all made from locally sourced ingredients. Sunday lunch is also available with a choice of roasts.
The separate function room, which has its own entrance, bar and toilets caters for a sit-down meal for up to 60 as well as buffets for all types of private celebrations and business functions.
Shepherd Neame property and tenanted trade director George Barnes, comments, “The improvements mean that the pub now has first-class dining and function facilities and is a great asset to the local community, offering a high-quality pub experience within walking distance for many.”
Plans for some new themed events in the coming months will include a varied programme of tribute, comedy, psychic and singles nights.
The pub has a large garden with children’s play equipment, which is ideal for al fresco eating and drinking in the summer months, as well as an ample car park and disabled access.