A POPULAR pub in Cockshutt, near Ellesmere, was saved after the community came together and registered it as an asset of community value.
They formed a group called “Save my Pub” and got together to ensure The Woodcock Inn remained as hospitality venue and was not developed into flats.
The building was bought by Alwena Roberts and her husband Robbie, with the day-to-day running being handed to Zoe Taylor and Michaela Bath, who have previous hospitality experience, according to the new owners.
She added: “When Michaela knew we were going to buy the building, she approached us to see if we were looking for tenants.
“It was definitely the route we wanted to go down.
“We wanted to own the building to make sure it was saved for the village.”
The pub has existed since 1860 and has been a place for the community to hang out and socialise, which motivated Alwena to save it.
She said: “I always believed if you have got the right people in there, the right feeling in there, the right drinks, the right food and the right atmosphere, there is no reason why our village pub could not be back as a hub in our community.
“Even in the short time Michaela and Zoe have been there.
“You can already see the massive difference they have made.”
Like many hospitality businesses across the country, the pub had been affected by Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdowns but Alwena added the pub was already in decline even before Covid-19.
The Woodcock Inn plans to host events over the summer, including celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and be one of the pubs people stop at on the real ale trail taking place in April
Alwena said: “The one thing they have signed up for is the real ale trail.
“They are joining in with the village celebrations for the Jubilee.
“They are planning on having open mic nights and live music in there.
“There are quizzes as well.”
At the moment they are only doing meals in the evening, but the plan is to serve food in the daytime as well.