Villagers at Gisburn welcomed the reopening of their only remaining pub, the White Bull.
The pub had been closed for more than a year while planning permission was sought for its refurbishment.
Licensee and chef Simon Salt, who was a quarter-finalist on TV’s “Professional Masterchef”, thanked MP Nigel Evans and campaigner David Waters for helping to unblock the planning process.
He said: “The support we’ve had to date has been tremendous and I’d like to thank everyone including Nigel and David for their help in campaigning for the changes needed to be made to this wonderful pub to make it successful in the long term. I’ve been very encouraged by the number of people already making bookings for parties and Christmas meals before we even opened the doors.”
Mr Waters, who rallied local support for the pub, said: “The reopening of the White Bull is excellent news for Gisburn. It will give a real boost to the village not only by providing a place to eat, drink and socialise but also by providing jobs for local people.”
Chris Jowsey, trading director of Star Pubs and Bars, said: “Good luck Simon to you and your team. By all accounts you’re going to be busy. And a very Happy Christmas to the residents of Gisburn!”