Ennerdale community pub celebrate 5th birthday

By Rachael Grealish

An entire community came together to celebrate the fifth birthday of an 18th Lake District century pub.

The whole community came together to celebrate the 5th birthday of the 18th Century Fox and Hounds inn - photo by Robert Haile

The whole community came together to celebrate the 5th birthday of the 18th Century Fox and Hounds inn – photo by Robert Haile

The Fox and Hounds Inn, in Ennerdale Bridge, celebrated it’s fifth year as a community run pub and six months of being self-sufficient, on Saturday April 2.

The pub closed in 2011 and with the community, and the newly formed Ennerdale Hub group, unwilling to let this stand, the pub was reopened by the community, for the community.

Barrie Roberts, owner of the Ennerdale Brewery and chairman of the Ennerdale Hub, said: “I’ve lived here for 25 years and believe a village without a pub is a village without a soul, so that’s why I became a board member to keep the pub going.

“The past five years have been rocky, but we’re at a point where we can look to the next five years and feel positive and proud of what we have achieved.”

The pub was packed with members of the community, young and old, to celebrate the success of the community hub.

Mr Roberts added his thanks and pride in the dozens of volunteers that helped keep the pub afloat in the beginning and those who still volunteer in the pub now.

There was live entertainment by young singer, Rhiannne Barwise, a buffet and a cake.

Board director Nina Ludgate said: “The Fox and Hounds has become the heart of the community and brought so many people together. I feel really proud and chuffed to be part of it all.”

Five years ago the Fox and Hounds inn was given only ten days to raise the necessary £86,000 to stay open so the Hub sold shares to raise the money.

Community members put in between £100 and £4,000 to buy shares, including some from overseas. A couple from Derby even traveled over 100 miles to celebrate the pub’s birthday.

The pub now boasts themed food nights, live entertainment, craft groups, book clubs and a self-managed library.