A PUB near Malvern has re-opened its doors after three years, creating 50 jobs.

The Plough and Harrow at Guarlford opened for the first time in September after being closed since June 2016.

The pub was re-developed by pub chain Brunning and Price, who carried out substantial building work to get it back to its best.

New manager Josh Nicholson said: “They (the regulars) were blown away by the renovation and immediately fell in love with the decor and feel of the pub.

“Many remember the old bar and existing fireplace and could use it as a reference point to see the extension of what we’ve done around it, creating the new garden room and the terraces that sit to either side of the building.

“The new ‘Library Room is proving to be a firm favourite because of its cosy feel and many newcomers to the area are staggered by the fantastic views.

“The local historical society has been very generous in sharing their historic photography with us, so we have been able to show the pub through the ages, along with many notable local buildings, on artwork on our walls.”

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The pub had looked set to become a housing development, until Brunning and Price were made aware of it by a resident after they offered a £5,000 finder’s fee for viable opportunities.

The pub officially welcomed its first customers on September 18 and the re-opening has created 50 jobs in the area.

The old house and the historic pub have been joined and now have the addition of a garden room that looks out onto a stone patio, lawns and a wildflower meadow beyond.

Upstairs there is a private dining room that seats 20 for small gatherings and large family meals.

It also has a private balcony with views across the Malvern Hills.

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In April this year, the pub was saved from being turned into housing by local councillor Tom Wells.

When the application for development reached the planning committee the council officers were recommending approval and Cllr Wells spotted that the applicants had not entered into mandatory consultation with the local community.

As a result, he was able to persuade the committee to defer their decision in order for this ‘box to be ticked’, buying time for a buyer to be found.