Pub has improved and is ‘lifeblood’ of village

The Old Black Horse, Mapperley.
The Old Black Horse, Mapperley.

The managers and regulars at the Old Black Horse pub say it has made huge improvements and is the ‘lifeblood’ of Mapperley Village.

The ‘Tiser reported last week that the venue on Main Street received a hygiene rating of one out of five in an inspection in May.

But manager Dave Wharin explained this week that he and partner Gail Kelly only took over a few weeks previous and all the necessary improvements were made within 48 hours of the inspection.

They are also confident that the rating will improve drastically when the pub is re-inspected this month.

And this was backed up by a group of passionate regulars who told the paper exactly how they feel about their pub.

They say it has improved out of sight since Dave and Gail took the reins after being closed for a time earlier this year.

Jim Russell said the couple had “grabbed hold” of the pub and things were getting “better and better”.

Glowing tributes were also given for the food served and the changes, both inside and outside.

Two long-standing members of the community and regulars added that the pub was “part of the community”.

They added: “Dave and Gail have lifted this pub from the floor and turned it around completely. It is so welcoming and friendly. Dave and Gail are remarkable and work so hard.”

The pub is a family affair and also employs several other locals. Plans are in the pipeline for further improvements in the future.