Cheers as The Running Pump at Catforth is up and running again

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A village pub which was bought by a local builder is enjoying a new lease of life.

Brian Staines was devastated when his local The Running Pump at Catforth, near Preston, shut down and was put up for sale.

Venture: 'Brian Staines and his wife Norma with chefs Josh Clifton and Aran Henderson and Manager Nicola Heritage

Venture: 'Brian Staines and his wife Norma with chefs Josh Clifton and Aran Henderson and Manager Nicola Heritage

The popular pub, which also included what was reputed to be Lancashire’s smallest shop, closed in 2014, leaving villagers devastated.

So he and wife Norma bought the pub.

Now after a major refubishment over the winter, the venue has become a focal point of the village once more.

Owners Robinsons, represented by international real estate advisor Savills, put the two-storey building up for sale last year at a guide price of £275,000.

It’s great to see it open again. It has a nice country pub atmosphere

Brian, who lives nearby, felt strongly that the building should stay a pub – so he bought it.

He and Norma have appointed Nicky Heritage as manager, and revamped and refurbished the premises and the menu and added a range of real ales.

The pub relaunched last month.

Brian said: “It’s great to see it open again. It has a nice country pub atmosphere.

Venture: 'Brian Staines and his wife Norma

Venture: 'Brian Staines and his wife Norma

“It’s going really well so far. The village is supporting it really well – everybody seems to have started coming out again.

“It’s great to see.”

The pub hit the headlines in 2013 for having what was said to be the county’s smallest shop.

Under former landlord Craig Carter, the shop proved extremely popular with locals.

It served a need as there was no handy local shop.

Brian said he had not reintroduced the shop into the new pub, but he hadn’t ruled it out in the future.