A couple have returned to their much-loved village pub and are looking forward to introducing its new look to the local community - at a three day beer festival later this month.
Sue and Chris Smith had run the Cowlinge pub for around eight years when they left due to illness in November 2013 and leased it out for a time.
They returned in February, in good health, and began a major refurbishment project in preparation for their official launch in two weeks’ time, opening to accommodate local people and groups in the meantime.
As well as installing a new kitchen and roof, they have redecorated the interior with warm autumnal colours and landscaped the exterior.
They have also introduced visual oak barrels in the bar area and hung black and white photographs of Cowlinge’s past on the pub’s walls.
The name of the pub has also changed - to The Three Ways - and a brand new website and phone number has been launched.
Sue said: “Since we opened in February, we’ve had a lot of customers coming back saying how wonderful it is that we’re back. We didn’t realise how many friends we’d left behind.”
The Three Ways serves two ciders, three premium lagers, including Peroni, and eight real ales.
Its £10 food offers include two pizzas on a Wednesday, an eight ounce rump steak and a pint on a Thursday and beer battered cod and chips with a pint on a Friday.
Other food items include traditional steak and ale pie, roasted vegetable lasagne, slow cooked leg of lamb, fish pie and paella, with regular traditional Spanish tapas nights being introduced from July 1.
“We’re really glad to be back, even more so because we’ve had such a wonderful welcome,” said Sue.
The revamped country pub will be showcased at a beer festival on June 19-21.
Visitors will be able to enjoy 15 real ales, as well as a hog roast, barbecue and live music.
“We’re doing it to showcase the pub and get people down to see what we’re about,” said Sue.
For more details, visit www.thethreewayspub.co.uk or call 01440 820355.