Forty percent of Greene King sales are now in food, part of a market
worth £42m across the UK. Leading players include the Greene King
Hungry Horse chain, Mitchells and Butler's Toby and Harvester Inns
(planning permission for one of each has been granted at Ravenswood) J
D Wetherspoon (two new pubs in Suffolk this year, viz. Bury St Edmunds'
Corn Exchange and Stowmarket's Willow Tree) and Marston's (The Mermaid in
Yarmouth Road Ipswich, with a lodge hotel planned on the vacant adjacent
site). Family dining out has moved up from the kids' favourite take-away
to one where price, service and ambience of the surroundings knock the
traditional pub for six.
Two asides to this article. The first is how amazingly popular The
Mermaid has been since opening with a full car park lunchtimes and early
evenings. Secondly, the application for planning permission for the
Marston's lodge hotel was for an unacceptably bland building. Ipswich
Borough Council's Development Control Committee rejected the
Cover, issue 190