Reopened pub still thriving in village

A village pub which was re-opened by a team of residents who did not want the facility to be lost, has doubled its expected turnover in its first six months of operation.

The Sun Inn, in Kislingbury, reopened in June thanks to the work of five couples, who invested their own money to bring it back into use after it closed.

The Grade II-listed pub has already hosted a beer festival and raised funds for the village school, and now has a marquee in place for Christmas events. Although some of the initial investors are no longer involved, the pub has gone from strength to strength.

One of the team, Mike Haines, said: “In terms of turnover it has probably doubled what we had hoped to achieve. We didn’t do this to make ourselves rich, but it has been significantly higher.”