AN HISTORIC village pub dating back to the 1800s,has been given a new lease of life.
The Black Lion in Hollow Lane Cheddleton has been taken over by Cordelia and Darren Sutton.
The pub reopened to customers after a four month refurbishment on Friday, November 29.
It has been given a complete makeover, with the frontage of the pub stripped of its former white painted facade and taken back to its bare brickwork, and the inside completely redecorated with new furnishings.
Cordelia and Darren bought the pub in July this ear and have worked to get it refurbished ready for Christmas.
It is an entirely new venture for Cordelia, who has been a hairdresser for 30 years. She said: "This is something I've never done and it was Darren's idea; he was born in bred in Cheddleton and used to come here. When we met and were dating we came here.
"So when it came up for sale he suggested that we buy it. I thought it was a case of his heart over ruling his head at first, because I knew the extent of the work that was needed to be done.
"But, neither of us wanted to see it turned into cottages and we wanted it to stay as a pub.
"We've had great support from our family and friends, and with me having a hairdressing salon in the village for years I know a lot of local people. They're all pleased that its stayed as a pub."
They have uncovered two old open fireplaces in the main rooms and replaced them with real log burners; created a 'snug' from what used to be a living room at the back of the pub; refurbished the original bar area and created a service hatch to the new snug; refurbished the men's and women's toilets and created an upstairs function room and living area. They are also now serving food and coffee.
Cordelia added: "It's always been a typical 'man's pub' and we wanted to make it more family friendly and as diverse as possible.
"This has been a big investment, not only for us, but for the whole village, and to see it finished now exactly how we imagined it would be is fantastic.
"We found old newspaper pictures of the pub when it was run by Charlie Brassington, which we have reframed and put up, and a neighbour has given us a permanent loan of a framed photograph from 1874, which we have also put up.
"It has been a labour of love, but we do feel really proud now that it's finished and open again. We think it will do well, especially with the support of our fantastic staff - manager Hayley Hall, Brogan Adams, Corine Boden, Ros Jackson, Paul Smith, Colette Goodwin, Will Johnson-Fawn and Brad Cartlidge.
"We're starting coffee mornings every Tuesday and will be having entertainment as well soon."