This entry might sound like a tale of two pubs but actually it is only one - our local, the Eight Bells. Just over two weeks ago the bar had a fire that erupted during the night and caused a lot of damage. Fortunately no-one was hurt but the owners, Neil and Julie, found themselves without a business, a lot of work to do and a whole slew of customers temporarily drying out.
The repairs took just two weeks and the place looks better than ever. We have been back a few times to make up for lost beer time and to show support. The best news for us is that the entire pub has adopted a no smoking ban. No more irritated eyes and smoky clothes! And this doesn't seem to have affected business as the place was really busy on a Monday night in February! That says something! The Phoenix has risen.