Salutations for reopening of refurbished pub
A MANGOTSFIELD pub which had stood empty for months has reopened with new licensees.
The Salutation Inn, in St James' Place, has been taken over by first-time licensees Michael Tyler and Katrina Kelly.
The Enterprise Inns-owned watering hole has been fully refurbished with new carpets, decor and toilets.
It has a coffee shop, which runs between 8am and noon, and also serves food.
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Sarah Lane, 24, who is Katrina's daughter-in-law, believes the pub may have been standing empty for about 12 months.
Ms Lane is one of the 10 members of staff working at the family-run inn.
She said: "Tina had always wanted to run a pub herself – it was always a bit of a dream for her. When she met Mike, she said 'let's go for it' and they did.
"Before running the pub, Mike was a self-employed van driver and Tina had done various different things."
Mr Tyler, a Bristolian, and Ms Kelly, from Devon, were previously living in Soundwell before moving to their new home.
Ms Lane, from Carmarthenshire, said: "There has been a massive refurbishment. They looked at the pub in September and it has taken until December to get it up and running.
"It has been a massive upheaval. There are new carpets and everything has been newly painted. New toilets have been fitted and the whole place has been changed really.
"It has been going quite well since it has reopened."
The pub was put up for lease in the spring, when the pub's ground-floor windows were obscured and a high barrier was erected at the car park entrance.
At the time, the letting agents said the inn, which has a full music licence and had regularly hosted discos and live bands, offered a new publican a great opportunity to "develop a quality food offering".
The original Salutation Inn was built around 1660 before being demolished to make way for the current pub in 1959.