Just before Christmas the Anchor Inn at Exebridge (a Greene King pub) suffered flooding, with up to 6 feet of water surrounding the building and creeping in through the windows overnight. Thankfully the water receded within 24 hours. However, it left substantial damage to the bottom of the pub.
Licensee Ann Bland said: “When we flooded we were so touched by the help and support we had from our customers and the local community. As we saw the flood waters approach, our customers helped us move furniture and prepare. A wonderful group of people came and helped us clean-up the day after the flooding and someone even turned up on Christmas Day with a sack full of dry logs for our fire. Everyone came together to support us and we were very appreciative of their kindness.”
Since December, planned renovations have been taking place, coinciding with repairs to the flood-damage, and the pub is now preparing to fully re-open with a brand new look.
Ann continues: “The pub has been modernised, while remaining sympathetic to the character of the building. The interior feels much more comfortable and we’ve even introduced a wood-burning stove in the bar area. It looks absolutely fantastic and I can’t wait to show it off.”
The Anchor offers B&B accommodation and serves fresh home-made pub food, with fish and local game specialities. The pub also serves fine real cask ales including Old Speckled Hen and Exmoor Ale. Recently the pub hosted the Exmoor Fringe Trial, which saw the arrival of hundreds of classic and vintage cars to the area.
For more information on the pub visit www.theanchorinnexebridge.co.uk or find them on Facebook.