A village inn on the edge of the Trough of Bowland has re-opened its doors to the public after major investment and a refurbishment programme stretching over 12 months.
The Fleece Inn in Dolphinholme was formerly owned by Lancaster brewery Mitchells and was bought by a local business as it was feared the inn, of which parts date back to the 16th century, could close and the village would lose a vital community asset.
After significant investment the Fleece has undergone a major refit and it now boasts nine stylishly appointed bedrooms, a state-of-the-art kitchen and a community shop selling local produce.
The investment into the Fleece also bucks a national trend of British pubs closing at a rate of 31 per week according to the Campaign for Real Ale.
Maurice Camm, general manager, said: “As members of the local community the owners thought it was imperative to keep the Fleece in operation and ensure a vital asset still operates for the benefit of everyone.
“Although it’s an inn, it’s important in a number of ways – it’s a source of employment, somewhere local people can meet and call their own and it’s going to help bring visitors to the area. We’re really proud of what we’ve achieved in refurbishing the Fleece Inn and we are confident we’ll help it do what is it does best and that’s welcoming people to the historic village of Dolphinholme.
“Our team at the Fleece is passionate about good food and drink, using local suppliers and making it known for great accommodation. We’re determined that it will be known as one of the best pubs in England.”