A PUBLIC house in a North Yorkshire market town that has been closed for 20 months reopens this weekend and has been nominated as The Northern Echo’s Pub of the Week.

Christopher Barr has taken over at the helm at The Ship Inn, in Frenchgate, Richmond, and although he takes over as a tenant at a challenging time in the industry, Mr Barr said he was confident of sailing towards success.

He said: “We only took over the premises last week, so we have been working really hard to get everything ready for this weekend’s opening, but we have a feeling that this is going to be a great place. Although times are challenging, this is a place we are very excited about and we have got everything to go for.”

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Landlord Christopher Barr in the garden which he has been clearing

Mr Barr, who will be running The Ship Inn with his partner, has been in the pub trade for more than 30 years.

He has spent most of his career on the other side of the Pennines – in Manchester and Oldham. “We looked at a number of places and then saw Richmond. The town is very different to the places we have previously lived, but we are loving it so far. It’s a beautiful town, the people are very friendly, so we are really looking forward to opening and getting on with the job,” said Mr Barr.

Because the pub has been shut for a number of months there has been some interior work needed. Work is also being done to clear the gardens. There is no kitchen, so the pub will be a drink-only venue.

The Ship Inn reopens at noon on Saturday, July 25.