A Shimpling pub, which closed last year following the death of its landlady, will be reopening tonight as a family-run venture.
The Bush Inn Shimpling has remained closed since its former landlady Joanne Ford suffered a brain aneurysm last October.
But, following encouragement from Jo’s partner Paul Moore, Dawn Warner has finally decided to take over the reigns.
Having worked in the pub kitchen for around 18 years, Dawn plans to continue doing the cooking while her daughter’s partner Ben Reavill will be running the bar.
Her husband and three daughters will also be waitressing, as needed.
Dawn said: “After Jo died, Paul didn’t want to do it anymore.
“He came to me a couple of times and I ummed and ahhed, and then he came to me again and I thought ‘why not?’”
The mother-of-four is keen to ‘put [her] own mark on the place’ and has put a lot of effort into getting ready for tonight’s launch event, which hundreds of people are expected to attend. Doors will open at 7pm.
She said: “We opened The Bush Facebook page and had a really good response to that.
“We’re expecting around 200 for the open evening and we’re already taking bookings for Christmas.”
The pub has been fully redecorated, and painted by locals who volunteered to help.
“We’re going to go for good, home-cooked, quality food - everything as fresh and locally sourced as we can,” said Dawn who has lived in Shimpling 39 years.
“It’s always been a very busy little pub so we’re just really looking forward to it all.”
The Bush Inn Shimpling will open full time from tomorrow.