A married couple have bought one of the best-known pubs in the Wolds and aim to re-establish it at the heart of the local community.
The Three Horse Shoes in Goulceby closed five years ago but will re-open on Friday under new owners Denise and Ian Peet.
The couple are confident they can buck a worrying national trend which has seen many rural businesses close.
Apart from the pub, they plan to offer a village shop within the premises - and a campsite.
Denise said: “We previously ran a campsite in Suffolk but we were looking for a new challenge.
“We saw this place advertised, came up and fell in love with it.
“We were very surprised because most people think Lincolnshire is very flat.
“But the Wolds are beautiful. This area must be one of England’s best kept secrets.
“We feel it’s the ideal place to launch a new business and we are confident it will be a success.”
The couple of have spent the last few months renovating the premises.
They are not too sure why the pub shut in 2008 as everyone has told them it was a popular venue with locals and visitors.
Denise added: “After we bought the pub, we did a leaflet drop in the village and invited everyone to a meeting, so we could outline our plans.
“We were worried no-one would turn up but 58 people came and they were all very supportive.
“We’re hoping the pub will be a traditional village local, but with the other facilities we have we can offer a range of attractions.”
Ian will be the main cook, although the couple stress it will be another week before they offer food.
The shop will feature fresh local produce as much as possible.
Tents, caravans and small motorhomes will be welcome on the campsite.
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