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Work to rebuild Wood Ditton's Blackbirds pub to start next month

The Blackbirds Inn, Wood Ditton. Picture: Phil Fuller
The Blackbirds Inn, Wood Ditton. Picture: Phil Fuller

Work on re-building Wood Ditton’s popular pub and restaurant The Blackbirds, which was all but destroyed by fire in March this year, is set to begin next month.

Owner The Chestnut Group has announced that Listed Building Consent has been granted for the renovation and that it was looking forward to the pub re-opening in Autumn 2019.

“I am so pleased we can move forward with our plans to renovate and re-open The Blackbirds Inn. I’d like to thank our loyal guests and local community for bearing with us and we very much look forward to welcoming them back next year,” said Philip Turner, founder of The Chestnut Group.

He said in the wake of the fire the group had been working closely with local planners and the conservation officer to ensure the historic pub, which traces it origins back to 1642 and the start of the English Civil War, would be sensitively rebuilt.

The majority of the fire damage was to the original part of the building, with the thatched roof destroyed along with the oak trusses which supported the roof.

Firefighters were forced to knock down one of the chimney stacks because of concerns about its structural safety.

A year before the first struck, the pub, formerly known as the Three Blackbirds had re-opened after a £125,000 refurbishment by its current owners who had bought it in 2016.