A popular Market Harborough pub destroyed by fire is re-opening today (Monday) after being totally rebuilt in a £3 million scheme.
The reborn Roebuck on Rockingham Road, Market Harborough, is throwing open its doors to customers just over a year after it was gutted in the devastating blaze.
The owners, Wolverhampton-based brewery Marston’s, is creating dozens of new full-time and part-time jobs after recruiting a team of over 30 to run the pub.
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Lynsey Pratt, the new general manager, has worked in the hospitality industry for over 10 years and cannot wait to tackle her exciting new challenge.
“I am new to the area and to the pub, but I am really looking forward to getting started,” said Lynsey.
“This is the start of a new chapter for the Roebuck and the team and I are all looking forward to welcoming guests back to try the new menu and make themselves at home here.”
The Roebuck has been given a fresh look to “celebrate traditional pub comforts within a contemporary setting and focuses on creating a relaxed environment everyone can feel comfortable in”.
The inn is offering a wide selection of pub favourites and home-cooked specials, with an extensive selection of drinks, after rising from the ashes like a phoenix.
Andy Kershaw, Group Head of Estates, Facilities and Capex at Marston’s, who oversaw the rebuild of the Roebuck, said: “During an unusual time for us all, we are really pleased the pub is able to re-open and has the opportunity to reinstate itself within the local community.
“We received some wonderful support from local residents during the rebuild and look forward to seeing customers safely enjoy the Roebuck once again.”
Last year’s ferocious fire, sparked by an electrical fault, was battled by over 40 firefighters as flames tore through the Roebuck on Friday, September 6, 2019.
Fire crews were rushed in from all over the area after the inferno erupted just before 11pm.
Fast-thinking manager Andy Lapsley evacuated nine staff and customers as the blaze quickly took hold.
The wrecked pub was demolished by bulldozers last October and the nine-month rebuilding scheme started in January this year.