With a blizzard also blasting parts of mainland Europe, more than 50 people remained stranded overnight at the Last Inn in Suffolk, in eastern England, and were forced to leave the pub during the morning to eat breakfast. BBC cameras captured footage of volunteers at the inn all patiently offering tea and muesli to the group. Chief Officer Mark Campbell told the BBC he hoped it would get back to normal on Wednesday. “I am hoping [the group] might not have to stay in a pub for too long,” he said. “When a blizzard hits, it can be very, very difficult to get out of your home to get to the pub to stay the night.” Among the guests staying at the pub, which has more than 300 rooms, are couples, a family with four children, a man who lost his job and several other visitors from Belgium, France and the Netherlands. Sledding, ice fishing and light-saber-fighting were all part of the planned games at the pub. Last week, the Last Inn opened to the public for the first time, reports the Suffolk Post. The Last Inn features an open fire, winter garden and, in the winter, small sheep can be seen roaming around. The BBC photographer who shot the video said: “They have had to be really extremely disciplined to stop themselves from getting angry or sleep-deprived.”
It is understood all those who stayed overnight at the pub, which is next to a traffic roundabout, are local residents. Photographs from the pub show a snow-covered country road. The pub is open only for bed and breakfast accommodations, while a nearby hostel is usually used when conditions permit.
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