When the doors of the Duke of Marlborough in Somersham, Suffolk, closed on Christmas Eve 2014, it seemed the pub would be lost forever. However, three years and much campaigning later, it's back up and running with brand new owners - the community.
Fully refurbished, the Duke of Marlborough is now once again serving great quality food and drink the people of Suffolk, and those that have come from further afield.
Time has a habit of leaving its trace on village pubs and the Duke is no different. Originally built as a medieval hall house, it became an inn during the 17th century. Old beams can be seen above the bar, and the ghost name of a former brewery owner is just visible on an outside wall. Reopened with the help of what is obviously a very active community (volunteers also run the village shop), this is a lively place attracting drinkers, foodies and families with events including pizza nights, beer and food evenings and a general sense of a good time. Help yourself to dog biscuits if you bring your best friend.