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Licensees Carol and Pete Cooper of the Lock & Barrel, Frinton-on-Sea are inviting everyone to come and raise a glass to the completion of their refurbishment on the building’s 100 year anniversary and to toast the launch of their new charity partnership on Wednesday 12 September at 6.00pm.
The celebration will see the official launch of a charity to raise funds for the maintenance of the local RNLI lifeboat – the only working sail/motor lifeboat, renovated in time to take part in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Flotilla.
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 will launch the charity alongside licensees Carol & Pete.
Licensee Carol Cooper said, “The centenary of this historic building provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate its new look, as well as a launch pad for the charity. The pub has always supported the RNLI and it will be great to be able to fundraise for a local initiative.”
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 buildings 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.