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Publican delighted with The Drill's reopening after its half a million pound investment

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 November 2016

Left to right: Sam Ford, Kimberley Fitzgibbon, Mayor of Havering Cllr Philippa Crowder, publican Emma Tym, Kennedy Venton and Philip Morgan. Picture: Kavi Pujara.

Left to right: Sam Ford, Kimberley Fitzgibbon, Mayor of Havering Cllr Philippa Crowder, publican Emma Tym, Kennedy Venton and Philip Morgan. Picture: Kavi Pujara.

Kavi Pujara

A popular pub has been welcoming customers after reopening following a two-month £510,000 makeover.

The Drill, Brentwood Road, Gidea Park, closed back in August and has been transformed into a “food-led, family-friendly venue”, while creating 10 new jobs.

The refurbishment work has included the full redecoration of the property both inside and out with new lighting, furniture and flooring, together with updated signage externally and a refreshed beer garden.

The Drill also has a new publican, Emma Tym, who comes with eight years’ experience in the pub and hospitality industry.

It is Emma’s first pub and she is looking forward to making it her own and becoming part of the community.

“The first week has gone really well, we were so busy on Sunday with the pub full of families,” she said.

“The pub has completely changed and I am really pleased that the community has come in to see for themselves what the changes have done.

“The regulars have also come back in and made me feel very welcome, I’m very excited about getting to know more customers old and new, and becoming part of the Gidea Park community.”

The publican hopes the change in focus of The Drill’s entertainments programme will cater for a “broader range of customers” with a larger emphasis being put on quizzes, clairvoyant nights, live music and comedy acts.

“I have already been told about what a great atmosphere we have in the pub, which is great,” Emma said.

“There seems to be a good mix of old and new faces enjoying the transformation too.”

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