A POPULAR pub has closed for a two-week refurbishment – but not before inviting in regular customers to drink the place dry.

The Coach and Horses in The Tything closed on Monday for a makeover.

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New landlord Louise Andrews, 40, and James Lovett, 34, from Wychbold, took over the running of the Coach and Horses in November.

They held a Drink the Pub dry event last Sunday, selling ales at just £2 per pint to try to get rid of stock before the temporary closure.

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Mr Lovett said: “We have turned the place around, and now the brewery are pleased. So much so, the planned refurb in April is being brought forward to now.

“We will shut for two weeks, the brewery are going to strip the place and there will be new decor and a new bar.

“We will keep it as a traditional British tap-house though, as that’s how our regulars like it.”

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The improvements are under way with most of the painting to the outside of the premises already complete.

The pub will welcome customers back with a grand re-opening on February 28.

This is the pair’s first time running a pub, as Mr Lovett was previously a car salesman and Ms Andrews had an office job, although she did have some experience in the industry working as a waitress and in pubs across the country.

Mr Lovett said he popped into the watering hole in The Tything a few years ago, and felt it was a nice place to have a drink.

“I drove past it and saw it was shut, and I thought that was a shame,” he said.

“I did some research and contacted Marston’s Brewery (the pub’s owner).

“I told them my plans, and it is just great to be in now - this has always been my dream job.”

Mr Lovett said they have had live music, and are planning open mic nights, a 'Live at Five' event on Sundays, and quiz nights.

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