Gidea Park pub set to reopen after company invests half a million pounds

PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 October 2016

The Drill pub, Brentwood Road. Picture: Google

The Drill pub, Brentwood Road. Picture: Google


A popular pub is set for a new lease of life as it prepares to open its doors again after a £510,000 transformation.

The Drill, Brentwood Road, Gidea Park, will be reopening on Wednesday November 2 after the national pub company, Punch, decided to pump the money into the business.

The pub, which closed in late August, is being transformed into a “food-led, family friendly venue” and will create 10 new jobs within the area.

Refurbishment work will be undertaken inside and outside with new furniture, flooring and lighting set to be installed.

Emma Tym will be taking the reins as the Drill’s new publican and she has already targeted a “broader range of customers”.

She has eight years experience in the pub and hospitality industry but this will be the first pub she takes charge of.

“Historically, The Drill has been a lively venue but going forward I’m planning to broaden its appeal by introducing an extensive food menu with weekly food and drink offer,” Emma said.

“The pub’s popular DJ night will continue to run once a month and the pool and darts areas and Sky and BT sports will be retained.

“However, the focus of our entertainments programme will changed to cater for a broader range of customers and will include; quiz and clairvoyant nights, live music and comedy acts.

“I’m very excited about getting to know customers old and new, and becoming part of the Gidea Park community.”

Openings manager for Punch, Samantha Ward, said: “The Drill is ideally located on a busy section of Brentwood Road and is set to get a new lease of life as Emma takes charge.

“She is full of enthusiasm and has some great new ideas for taking the pub in a new direction.

“I’m confident that Emma and her team will make the Drill a great success and I’m looking forward to continually supporting them in realising the pub’s full potential.”


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