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Frinton-on-Sea’s only pub has re-opened its doors following a refurbishment that marked the building’s 100th year anniversary.
Licensees Carol and Pete Cooper of the Lock & Barrel, Frinton-on-Sea toasted the opening, plus the launch of their new charity partnership last night (Wednesday 12 September).
The celebration saw the launch of an ongoing relationship with a local charity to raise funds for the maintenance of an ex RNLI lifeboat originally built in 1900. Used at Walton-on-the Naze & Frinton-on Sea until 1928, James Stevens No.14 is the world’s oldest motor lifeboat. The restored local lifeboat took part in the Queens Diamond Jubilee Pageant and is owned & operated by Frinton & Walton Heritage Trust as a historic pleasure boat in local waters. Brewer Shepherd Neame also donated £200 to the charity.
The lifeboat restoration has been overseen by Robin Cooper, formerly of ironmongers Blowers & Cooper, the original owners of the pub’s building until 2000, when the pub opened. He joined licensees Carol and Pete for the last night’s launch.
The culmination of consistent investment over the last year, the refurbishment includes a complete re-decoration with new carpets and re-sanded wooden floors. A wall of historic photos and memorabilia donated from Blowers & Cooper will provide eye-catching features, as well as preserving some of the local history.
Outside, customers can now enjoy al-fresco eating and drinking in two paved courtyards with tables and chairs.
Shepherd Neame’s property and tenanted trade director, George Barnes, said: “It’s fitting that a pub whose name derives from the trade of the previous owners tells the story of the building’s origins. Together with the licensees’ pledge to support the local lifeboat, which has been brought back-to-life, The Lock & Barrel is playing an important role in the community.”
Situated on Connaught Avenue, the ‘Bond Street of the East Coast’, the pub serves restaurant style food with a broadly traditional flavour.