26th Apr, 2019

Popular Finstall pub to re-open doors with new owners after major revamp

A POPULAR Finstall pub will re-open its doors with new owners after a major revamp.

The Cross Inn, Alcester Road, was taken over by craft brewery, Black Country Ales, with the promise of preserving it as a traditional community hub, with more of an extensive beer and ale selection.

The re-opening will take place at midday on April 26 and licensee Ryan Carr, a returning local man, is currently recruiting staff.

Black Country Ales took to Facebook to announce the news.

A spokesperson said the firm, was looking forward to ‘bringing back this much-loved local to its very best’.

“We look forward to welcoming all those who have missed its presence in the village, and all those who have been searching for a true village local in the Finstall area.

“Our emphasis, as always, is on the provision of the very best real ales, good conversation, cosy open fires, diverse and entertaining company, and everything a ‘proper pub’ should offer.”

Classed as an ‘Asset of Community Value’, The Cross Inn shut its doors in September, leaving residents without a pub in the village.

Gez Quinn, Chairman of Redditch and Bromsgrove Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), welcomed the decision and said: “CAMRA are delighted to see The Cross is due to reopen again.

“Black Country Ales has a great reputation for keeping good pubs and serving top quality beers.

“Although the future of the pub was in doubt for a short while, thankfully the work put in to get the pub listed as an Asset of Community Value has proved worthwhile in ensuring that The Cross remained a pub.

“We’re certainly looking forward to being able to enjoy a pint there again.”

The pub will serve bar snacks, including locally produced pork pies, free range Scotch eggs and filled cobs.

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