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First look into new Relish restaurant at launch party - pictures

EXCITING times are ahead for one Cleethorpes business as it reopens to the public today.

First look into new Relish restaurant at launch party - pictures

A launch party at Relish, Cleethorpes was hosted today by new owners Lee Appleyard, Sean Desouza and Brian Gilbert, and their newest business partner Christine Scott who joined them in their business venture on Saturday.

As reported last week, Dexters Alehouse and Kitchen on Wardall Street, Cleethorpes has been taken back by the Bermondsey Pub Company.

The brewery has also taken back Dexters in Brigg.

Guests attended the launch party at Relish in their numbers and were greeted with a free glass of Prosecco on arrival.

Christine said: "I came to Cleethorpes about a year ago and I just fell in love with it. There are some lovely people. I always feel so happy when I'm here.

"I've known Brian for 34 years and I have known Lee for 25 years. They are such a lovely group of people.

"I am a manager at a private hospital in Hertfordshire but when I was given this opportunity I jumped at the chance.

"We want Relish to be welcoming and a pleasant place to come to.

"Lee's background is being a nurse so he's got that warm, understanding, caring side and I know he will look after everyone."

Brian added: "My role is mainly staying in the background so I will be doing mostly paperwork and anything else that needs doing. If something needs doing I will be the one to do it, like if something needs taking to the tip, I'll be that guy!

"I think Relish will attract a lot of people. It'll be a nice, friendly atmosphere and we want to be on the top of people's list when they are deciding where to go to eat."

One guest, Debbie Eatwell, attended school with Lee and said: "This is a perfect job for Lee. We are here to support him. It looks really nice in here and we've heard some great feedback.

"My husband can only eat gluten-free foods so we are looking forward to sampling the menu."

Christine Brookes added: "I think it's just lovely in here, it's really nice and it has a really good atmosphere."

Lee and Sean told how they were "excited but nervous" about the reopening, but have big hopes for the future.

Sean explained: "We would love to do something with the upstairs, it's a big space. We have a lot of ideas between us.

"I am looking forward to hearing the feedback from people and hearing what they have to say about it. We just want everything to be perfect although we haven't reached perfection and never will because there will always be ways we can improve."

Lee added: "I am really nervous but I'm so excited. This area needs something like this and we have so many exciting plans, we are going to keep them hush hush for now, we will see how it all pans out."

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