A VILLAGE has got its pub back thanks to a husband and wife team.

The Fifield Inn, in Fifield Road, reopened on Friday last week following a two-month-long refurbishment project orchestrated by husband and wife Keith and Michelle Lawson who took over the leasehold of the pub in January.

The couple moved into the village in October 2012 and have long held dreams of running their own business, though this will be the first pub they have owned. Mr Lawson, who has a background in IT, said: “The previous leaseholder left and the opportunity came about.

“We always had a hankering to do something like this and run our own business and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.

“My wife’s family has been in the food industry for a long time so we know what we like and want to offer that.

“It is great that the village has its pub back. There are a lot of people here and there was no real social, community hub. This can be it.” The previous leaseholder, Helen Haggerty, had run the pub for 12 years until January 2012 and for the next two years the pub was run by a series of temporary owners until the Lawsons signed the leasehold on January 6 this year.

Since January, the pub has undergone extensive refurbishment paid for by the freeholder Greene King ahead of the grand opening. Mr Lawson, 39, said: “Greene King has been great.

“The place had been crying out for a refurbishment and a bit of love and now it looks great.

“We are going to deliver quality food offerings for fair price, locally-sourced ingredients where sensible and we are going to have what we are calling 'Fifield Favourites’ like your fish and chips, cottage pies, that sort of thing.” Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Windsorobserver and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/windsorobserver