ASTON Fields resident Barbara Baker, who has lived in the village for 43 years has officially re-opened the Ladybird Inn after it closed for two months for a major refurbishment.
The interior has been completely remodelled to create an improved layout to the bar, lounge and dining areas.
The work had placed emphasis on the traditional character of the building, restoring many of the original period features which date back to 1905. New mosaic floor tiling and a carved wooden bar surround have been installed to reflect the heritage of the property.
The 71-year-old, who was asked to cut the ribbon after being a customer at the pub for more than 40 years, said: “I love the community feel of the Ladybird Inn.
“The people make it a very special place.
“It’s like a second home for me – I feel very comfortable popping in on my own because there is always a warm welcome and someone to chat to.”
Kate Byng, who has managed The Ladybird Inn for the last eight years said the pub had always been at the heart of the community.
“Rather than inviting a celebrity or civic dignitary to re-open the pub we felt it had to be someone who understands the pub’s importance as a local meeting place.”
The ‘new’ Ladybird Inn offers traditional pub food as well as a selection of real ales.
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