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Minister for pubs to unveil saved Wivenhoe local
6:00am Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
THE Minister for Pubs will next week unveil a reopened local bought by regulars after it shut last year.
After 15 months’ hard work, the 40 residents who formed the Wivenhoe Pub Company will officially relaunch the Black Buoy on Friday week.
They will be helped by Pubs Minister Brandon Lewis, Campaign for Real Ale north east Essex chairman Alan Wareham and Wivenhoe mayor Andrea Vaughan.
Drinkers formed the company after Punch Taverns put the BlackBuoyHill pub on the market for £350,000.
The shareholders raised the cash to buy the 200-year-old local in July and have since funded a refurbishment.
Spokesman John Moores said: “It’s been a community effort. We didn’t want to see yet another village pub turned into houses or a supermarket, so we set about returning the Black Buoy to its place as a community hub.
“We’re delighted the Minister has found time to celebrate with us on our opening night and raise a glass or two to the future of our pub.”
The revamped local will feature a newkitchen, beer cellar and bar, a new private meeting and dining room and a terrace garden. Bed and breakfast accommodation is to follow.
Mr Moores said staff, including manager Barbara Connelly, were all from the surrounding area, while food, goods and services were being sourced locally, where possible.
He added: “As a free house, we’ll be using local suppliers, like Colchester Brewery, as well as the national ales that people will expect.
“We hope our beautiful location, in a historic village near the River Colne and on a national footpath and cycle path will attract those who enjoy heritage and the outdoors.”
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