A glass has been raised for a couple who have taken over the running of a pub in a bid to give the venue a new lease of life and keep it open.
Iain and Paula Reeves have moved into the Horseshoe Inn in Braunston Road, Oakham.
Everards Brewery wants to convert the pub into a convenience store, stating that it is “no longer viable” because of a fall in trade.
But the couple said they are determined to make a go of it with the view to changing the brewery’s plans.
Paula, 38, is returning to her roots in moving back to Oakham after 20 years away.
Iain, 42, is an ex-serviceman, who has spent 24 years in the army.
A relaunch evening is being held at the pub tomorrow from 6pm to celebrate to couple’s arrival, which will include food and drink samples.
Paula said: “We’re really going to try and make a go of it.
“It will be a challenge to change the brewery’s mind but we’re determined and we’ve got a passion for it.
“It’s really nice that I’ve had people recognise me from when I used to live in the area. We’ve been made to feel very welcome so far and we’re very excited.”
The couple are hoping to make the venue a more family-friendly pub. They are introducing a children’s menu and are installing a new swing set in the beer garden.
They are also giving the pub a facelift with refurbishment work.
Everards is set to submit plans to Rutland County Council for a change of use of the site.
A number of residents said they would object to the plans.