A quiet pint and a book on the menu at The Brisley Bell

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Now pub customers and villagers can enjoy a quiet pint and a book in the new library and reading room at The Brisley Bell thanks to Norfolk County Council’s funding and advice from Pub is The Hub.

Norfolk County Councillor Mark Kiddle-Morris officially opened the new facilities yesterday for the new owners Amelia Nicholson and Marcus Seaman, marking another new chapter in the pub’s history.

The Brisley Bell re-opened its doors 10 days ago after a three year closure and extensive refurbishment with food, drink, accommodation and community appeal. With Norfolk County Council and Pub is The Hub Amelia and Marcus have established a reading room and library in the original snug. The library was created through an appeal on social media for books with donations filling seven shelves, each six metres long. The shelves and seating were provided by a grant of £1,500 from Norfolk County Council.

The reading room is a multifunctional room ideal for digital inclusion training; something that they hope to run in tandem with a senior citizens luncheon club. The couple also have ambitious plans for a camping-glamping site and letting accommodation later in the year boosting the local economy and creating both direct and indirect employment.

Terry Stork from Pub is The Hub who helped to co-ordinate the project said: “In all the hustle and bustle of today’s noisy world it is lovely to think that the Brisley community can enjoy a quiet pint and a book in their village pub. I congratulate Amelia and Marcus on their vision and hope that locals embrace and enjoy this marvellous literary haven.”

The photograph above shows Amelia Nicholson, Terry Stork and Marcus Seaman.