Popular riverside pub re-opens after lengthy closure

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 31 Jul 2018

A popular North Lincolnshire village pub has reopened following a major refurbishment after being closed for 18 months.

Barry Brooks, who paid an undisclosed sum for The Jenny Wren at Susworth, has been renovating the 18th century village local with a fine food reputation since December, with help from his wife Lynn and volunteers.

Barry said villagers were keen to see their pub, which had been closed since early 2017, reopened.

He also revealed the work was a labour of love as a former licensee, Lee Slingsby, was the best man at his wedding.

Lee’s late father, John Slingsby, also rebuilt The Jenny Wren after it had traded previously as the White Horse, which was refurbished from an early 18th century farmhouse.

The sale in December came almost a year after former owner Colin Metcalfe put the Trentside pub-restaurant on the market.

Before closing, The Wren offered dining on two floors for 100 guests at a time. It also has a car park for 25 vehicles and two flats on the first floor.

Manager Vicky Garcia, said she was delighted to see it back open, and business has been booming. She said: "It's been brilliant so far - the locals have been really happy and there's a wonderful atmosphere around the place."

Their restaurant will open in a few weeks time, which will serve classic pub grub, as well as seafood and tapas.

Until then, the pub will offer pop-up food stalls.

The venue will also hold live music and small events during the weekend.

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