Village pub in Somerset reopens after £100,000 community effort

A VILLAGE pub has reopened – after a £100,000 community effort to get the drinks flowing again.

The Alhampton Inn, at Alhampton between Ditcheat and Castle Cary, has relaunched as a community-run pub less than 10 months after the doors were closed.

A company set up by villagers, The Alhampton Community Pub Ltd, has signed a 15-year lease with new pub freehold owners.

And thanks to village volunteers, the pub and its grounds have undergone extensive refurbishment, including the restoration of the historic Knave of Clubs pub sign.

Jeremy Burks, chair of The Alhampton Community Pub Ltd, said: “The drama of the startup is behind us, time to welcome everyone to the Alhampton Inn.”

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More improvements are planned for later in the year, including a new kitchen, roof, and windows, Mr Burks said.

The investments are intended to secure the long-term viability of the pub as a community venue with appeal to the wider Somerset community.

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Locals enjoying a drink on opening night at the Alhampton Inn

Locals enjoying a drink on opening night at the Alhampton Inn

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