VILLAGERS turned out in droves to sample fine food and drink at their new pub which has risen from the ashes in spectacular style.
The Hog in Horsley has a new identity and new people at the helm as it breaks from a troubled past which divided the village.
For six years the former Bell and Castle was at the centre of a row between its owner, planning officials and villagers, and it fell in to disrepair.
Thanks to Stag Developments it has been rebuilt with new homes, and a new landlord and landlady have been found.
After building their reputation at The Canteen in Nailsworth, Greg and Caroline Saturley have thrown their heart and soul in to The Hog.
Horsley Parish Council vice chairman Allan Caudwell sampled the new pub along with hundreds of others for the first time on Saturday.
“I think it’s wonderful,” he said. “I think it will do very well.
“I think everybody was very pleased - it was absolutely heaving last night.”
Residents had proposed to run the pub themselves, but it has been taken on Greg and Caroline in an amicable arrangement.
“The old Bell and Castle Pub closed its doors six years ago, and slowly and sadly became derelict, standing forlornly without a roof,” said Greg.
“The Horsley residents proposed to run the pub themselves, but were unable to raise quite enough money to buy and run it, so eventually we took it over.”
It opened its doors on Saturday at noon, with the Horsley choir appearing in the afternoon, the Horsley bell ringers ringing in the changes at 7pm, then the Bob Porter Blues Project playing in the evening.
A free house, The Hog can offer up to 10 local ales, lagers and ciders all from local breweries including Stroud and Uley.
Wherever possible the ingredients for the menu which has a Mediterranean flavour will be sourced within a 15-mile radius of Horsley.
It also boasts a varied list of hand selected whiskies and gins.
With a wide bar and open plan kitchen, the 600-year-old building now features a real hogs head on the wall, a large wooden hog, and a low table football set for children to play on.