Future Looks Bright For Historic Local Pub

An historic Cotswold pub is looking forward to a new lease of life.

The owner of a popular Stroud restaurant and outdoor catering firm is taking over the lease of the Ship Inn in Brimscombe.

He has wanted to run the local pub since he was a young trainee chef.

Wesley Birch and his team are working hard on giving the Stroud District Council-owned Ship a makeover and are expecting to open by July 8th.

He said, “Ever since I moved to the district when I was 16 I have always looked at The Ship and thought I’d love to run that pub.”

Wesley runs Birch Restaurant in Stroud town centre and an outside catering firm.

He will be moving in with his wife Rosie and daughters Edith and Ada.

The 18th century pub stands on the Brimscombe Hill road, alongside the route of the Thames and Severn Canal.

It was bought by Stroud District Council in February 2017.