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Pub is still serving despite flood agony

Seven Oak's Pub's temporary marquee bar and restaurant after flooding earlier this month. Pictured us Bryan Pound manager and Kelly Kirkham.

Seven Oak's Pub's temporary marquee bar and restaurant after flooding earlier this month. Pictured us Bryan Pound manager and Kelly Kirkham.

Regulars at a local pub are enjoying their tipples in slightly different surroundings after their usual drinking spot was flooded during freak weather earlier this month.

Ryan Pound, landlord at the Seven Oaks, in Stanton-by-Dale, has been forced to move the bar out to a temporary marquee to keep his business going after heavy rain led to flooding at the newly-refurbished pub.

He told the Advertiser: “It has had such a massive impact and there’s such a knock on effect.

“People have assumed we’re closed since the flood but that’s not the case.

“We need the custom and support more than ever.

“I’ve got staff who can’t afford to lose hours, we’ve got weddings and events booked in, we’ve got to keep going.”

Work on the pub, which had to be completely gutted after it flooded last summer, had only just been finished when water started gushing in again at the start of the month.

Derbyshire County Council have visited the pub on Low’s Lane on a number of occasions as blocked drains are thought to be the cause of the problem.

The blockage causes rain to gather on the road outside the pub, which then flows into the property.

As well as another hefty repair bill Ryan has been told he needs to find £5,000 to pay an excess to his insurers.

He explained: “The excess was £500 but because we are now deemed high risk it’s gone up, it’s absolutely crippling.

“How are we supposed to find that kind of money? It’s a struggle as it is.

“When the rain came that Monday and I walked in and saw all the hard work of the past few months ruined it was devastating.

“I felt like shutting the door and not coming back but I’ve got events booked and a commitment to the community.

“I’d never do it, couples have chosen to have their weddings here, we have a commitment to a number of local groups and charities as well, that’s what has kept us going.”

Carpets have been ripped up, skirting boards and wodwork has been removed and industrial driers are in place to dry out the pub ready for work to start again.

 

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