A husband and wife have big plans ahead after taking over the running of the pub where they first met more than nine years ago.
Shaun and Helen Jackson took charge of The Railway Inn in Station Road, Oakham, on Tuesday.
The couple stepped in to run the pub after previous landlord Trevor Palmer and wife Brenda decided to move on after 28 years at the helm.
Shaun and Helen have both been regulars at the pub for 20 years. And it has a special connection to both their lives as they met there for the first time.
Shaun said: “We feel quite passionately about the pub. When the opportunity to take it on came up we grabbed it.
“Trying to fill Trevor and Brenda’s shoes will be a challenge. They are Oakham institutions.
“But a lot of the people we have spoken to have said how pleased they are it’s being taken on by people they know.”
The Jacksons hope to keep up their predecessors’ good work while adding their own personalities to the pub.
They aim to keep it at the heart of the Oakham community and make it the number one sports pub in the town.
Trevor is confident in his successors. He said: “Shaun and Helen know the pub and it is being left in good hands.”