THE END of a long journey is in sight as a much-loved village pub prepares to make a triumphant return.
A catastrophic fire devastated the Gribble Inn, in Oving, last July, leaving a community distraught and landlords Simon Wood and Nikki Tester in shock.
We still get people turning up in their cars just to see how we’re doingNikki Tester
Now, the pub is rethatched and is about to reopen.
“We’ve held in there because we love it so much,” said Miss Tester.
“We like living in the area and there’s so much more we can do with it. We’ve got so many more plans.”
They received huge support from the community – with people coming from far and wide.
“We still get people turning up in their cars just to see how we’re doing,” said Miss Tester.
The pair took on the Gribble in 2009 after having run other pubs.
“They’re all different and they all have their own atmosphere, but this is the only one we’ve felt so attached to,” said Miss Tester.
Residents have been invited on March 20 to see their new pub, with what Miss Tester described as a ‘soft launch’ the following day – eight months after the fire on July 19.
There will be a grand reopening in April.