AWARD-WINNING restaurateurs, Jeannette and Anthony Goodrich have revealed that they have bought the former King’s Lynn Probation Offices building to expand their waterfront business.
Mr and Mrs Goodrich, owners of Lynn’s Bank House and the Rose and Crown in Snettisham, announced on Tuesday that they had exchanged contracts on the property in Lynn’s King Staithe Square, in a £650,000 deal.
In what he described as an “exciting” move for both the couple and for King’s Lynn, Mr Goodrich told YLP: “We have been looking at the building for two years and knew that when we wanted to expand it would be perfect as it’s right opposite Bank House and we can operate the two together.”
The Government’s Ministry of Justice building currently houses the remaining part of the probation service after most of it was relocated.
The building will be leased back to the service for around three months until the remaining probation team finally leave.
YLP understands the service may move into the Jobcentre building after the announcement that the Jobcentre is to be housed in the borough council building.
Mr Goodrich said: “In the years we have owned The Rose and Crown and Bank House we have built up thriving bar, restaurant and accommodation businesses.
“We plan to develop the Probation Offices, which are located across the square from Bank House, create more bedrooms, a function room and a café/bar, all of which will further enhance the activities of Bank House.
“Meanwhile, we continue to invest in and develop The Rose and Crown, one of the great pubs of the UK.”
He added: “This is another good news story for King’s Lynn.
“The development of the Probation Offices will further enhance the ongoing King’s Lynn waterfront redevelopment scheme, add to the buzz of the historic riverside sector of town and will create jobs.”
To date Mr and Mrs Goodrich have funded the acquisition and development of both businesses themselves, but with the purchase of the Probation Offices they are considering the possibility of involving outside investors.
Mr Goodrich said: “We feel the businesses are now at the right stage to bring in outside investment to help them to continue to flourish and grow.
“We are looking for one or more individuals who understand the ethos of quality and service that underpins everything we do, and who would enjoy and facilitate the future development of the businesses.”