Community pub reopens its doors again

A Yorkshire village has seen its only pub re-opened after it was closed a year ago.

The Half Moon, in Sharow, near Ripon, has been refurbished by new licensees Heather and Graham Raine and re-opened with support from Black Sheep Brewery, creating twelve jobs.

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The couple, who are from North Yorkshire, have leased the Half Moon and re-opened it as a traditional village pub, serving food.

David Croft, senior business development manager at Black Sheep Brewery, said: “Pubs like the Half Moon are very much the heart of their communities, so it is great to see Heather and Graham giving this one a new lease of life.”

It follows the news that the King’s Head at Gunnerside in Swaledale, which closed two years ago, has re-opened following a campaign to save it.