A HISTORIC pub which was saved by villagers has new bosses at the helm.

The King's Head, in Pebmarsh, has new tenants after it was revived by a community group in November 2017.

Built in about 1450, the pub is Grade II listed but suffered a number of periods of closure before it was reopened after being bought by Pebmarsh Community Pub Limited.

More than 430 shareholders showed their support for the pub including residents from Pebmarsh but also from as far afield as New Zealand, Europe and America.

Now villagers are welcoming a new family trio to run the establishment.

Ryan and Abigail Donovan, along with Abigail’s mum Cathy Harvey, took over as new tenants last week.

Ryan has many years of experience in the hospitality industry and had been looking for a suitable tenancy for several years.

Pebmarsh community pub management committee chairman James Haylock said: “We are delighted to welcome Ryan, Abigail and Cathy as our new tenants.

“Pebmarsh Community Pub Limited was established to enable the people and friends of Pebmarsh to secure and safeguard the future of the King’s Head public house.

“We all recognise its importance as an amenity and a community asset, both for the village and the surrounding area.

“We look forward to working alongside Ryan, Abigail and Cathy to sustain and build on the successes of the past four years.”

Ryan added: “The events of the past 18 months have certainly emphasised the importance of active local communities.

“We are very much committed not only to providing a high quality, professional service to our customers but also to ensuring that the King’s Head plays a prominent role in supporting community activities.”

Shares in the pub are still available at £50 each. For more, visit pcp.pebmarsh.com. For details of events at the King’s Head visit kingsheadpebmarsh.co.uk.