Businessman raises glass to local pub’s bright future

Businessman raises glass to local pub’s bright future

A much-loved pub set on the Norfolk coast is to be given a new lease of life, having been purchased by a local businessman.

With more than 35 years’ experience in the hospitality industry ‒ having previously owned restaurants, pubs and takeaways ‒ George Cotsicoros has taken ownership of the 300-year-old Ship Inn, Mundesley.  

Seeing the pub up for sale, the entrepreneur secured support from NatWest. The investment has enabled George to buy the freehold and carry out a full refurbishment of the venue’s nine bedrooms and 100-seat restaurant.

Due for completion later this year, renovation works will also include a transformation of the function room and conservatory.

George said: “When looking to buy, I was taken by the beautiful setting of The Ship Inn ‒ for me it was an investment well worth making. Working with head chef Aiden, I’m looking forward to expanding our menu of home-made meals using locally-sourced produce. 

“The Ship Inn already has a great name locally and I’m committed to spending the coming months giving it the love and care it deserves.”

Mike Roll, relationship manager for NatWest, added: “I’m proud to have been able to give George the support he needed to secure the future of a much-loved local pub. 

“I wish him every success with this new venture and look forward to watching The Ship Inn flourish.” 



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