New pub and restaurant opens in St Nicholas Street Diss
PUBLISHED: 16:20 17 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:20 17 May 2018
A new pub and restaurant, which describes itself as a family and dog friendly pub with no gimmicks has opened in Diss.
After several months of late nights and early mornings, on Wednesday, May 16, Paul Leeves and his business partner Kathryn Duffee officially opened Diss’s newest pub and restaurant, Number 11.
Located in St Nicholas Street next to The Corn Hall, the new restaurant occupies the building formerly known as the Two Brewers pub.
The pair, who both used to work at The Swan Inn, in Hoxne, are hoping their new venture will fill a gap in the town’s current restaurant scene for dog and family friendly restaurant, which attracts customers from both within Diss and the town’s surrounding villages.
Mr Leeves who will look after the kitchen, whilst Ms Duffee will managed the front of house and bar area, said how it felt to finally be open to the public: “It was a lot of late nights and early mornings but we got there. It’s worth it because everyone who has come in has said how nice it is.
“We are different, it’s Number 11, St. Nicholas Street, it’s what we are, we’re serving honest beer and honest food with no gimmicks.”
Offering a well stocked bar and modern British and Mediterranean menu using locally sourced produce the pub has seating for up to 48 people as well as a bar area for those wishing to just have a drink.
Hoping to fit into the family friendly market the new pub also aims to attract the pre and post theatre dinner trade from The Corn Hall, Mr Leeves said: “We want to try and make Diss an evening destination especially with all the new houses going up in the town.
“The menu caters for vegetarians, vegans, coeliacs. Children can eat from the main menu too, we can give children what their parents are eating.”
The 41 year-old added: “There is nothing worse than going into a pub and not feeling welcome, but we’re a friendly and safe place. Leave your stress at the door, come and enjoy yourself and experience Number 11.”