Oakes Barn….the story continues!

An award-winning Bury St Edmunds pub has helped preserve a little bit of history after unveiling a new cocktail lounge.

Oakes Barn, in St Andrews Street South, had a grand opening for ‘Elizabeth’s Lounge’ on 20th May.

The room, which is named after the wife of James Oakes, a historian from Bury who lends his name to the pub, opened on 20th May 2021 and every Friday and Saturday afterwards.

Heather Warren, owner, said: “We just felt that we had a space that wasn’t being utilised and wanted to make better use of it.

“Lots of people were asking for cocktails and it felt right to have the space on offer.”

Hazells’ very own Chris Oakes, a direct descendant of James and Elizabeth and currently of Withersfield, was on hand yesterday to say a few words about his five times great grand-mother. He cut a ceremonial ribbon, something he said in which he was ‘most honoured’ to be involved.

In standing with the Elizabeth theme, portraits of her adorn the steps up to the room as well as inside.

The artworks were painted by members of the Bury Portrait Group, who were also invited to opening yesterday morning, and members of staff from Oakes Barn.

To book in at Elizabeth’s Lounge, go to: https://www.oakesbarn.co.uk/