Village pub reopens after year-long revamp

The Fleece at Dolphinholme.
The Fleece at Dolphinholme.

A village pub has reopened with a new look following a year-long revamp.

The pub has had a major refurbishment and now has nine bedrooms and a community shop selling local produce.

Maurice Camm, general manager at the Fleece, said: “As members of the local community the owners thought it was imperative to keep the Fleece in operation and ensure a vital asset still operates for the benefit of everyone.

“Although it’s an Inn, it’s important in a number of ways – it’s a source of employment, somewhere local people can meet and call their own and it’s going to help bring visitors to the area.

“We’re really proud of what we’ve achieved in refurbishing the Fleece Inn and we are confident we’ll help it do what is it does best and that’s welcoming people to the historic village of Dolphinholme.

“Our team at the Fleece is passionate about good food and drink, using local suppliers and making it known for great accommodation. We’re determined that it will be known as one of the best pubs in England.”

The pub was formerly owned by Lancaster brewery Mitchells and was bought by a local business as it was feared the Inn, of which parts date back to the 16th century, could close and the village would lose a vital community asset.

The refurbishment featured work from skilled local tradesmen for a stylish new look.