A VILLAGE pub has been given a European-themed makeover by its new owners.
Chantal Sykes and her husband Alan have reopened the Bridge Inn at Saxilby. The business, on Gainsborough Road, closed in January 2011.
But Chantal, who is originally from near Paris, has re-launched the business with a fresh new look and with a part French inspired menu.
She said: "The place was in need of some love and attention after having been closed for so long.
"We have decided to give the place a whole new direction. The whole of the trading areas have been redecorated in a more contemporary style with some vibrant wall coverings and seating."
Part of the old flooring was infested with woodworm and needed to be completely replaced.
Where there was once a brick bar front, there is smart, coloured wooden panels which complement the stylish new back bar fitting.
The eating and drinking house will be serving up a menu of locally-sourced Lincolnshire meats and vegetables in traditional dishes along with a range of French inspired cuisine.
"We have decided to develop a local Lincolnshire menu but with a few French inspired touches," added Chantal.
"It isn't a gastro pub, we hope to be a relaxed and inviting place which will attract the local people whilst also being a place those from further afield can come for a nice meal out, that is a little bit different."
The business has already gained support from other local ventures.
Roland Overvoorde who owns Canal View B & B in Saxilby said: "We need a decent place for our guests to walk to."
In addition to the new menu and newly acquired fixtures and fittings, the new owners hope to provide a venue that will be looked upon favourably by visitors who prefer a boat as their means of transport.
The back of the Inn is situated close to the canal, providing a picturesque backdrop, ideal for mooring a boat at any of its 6 mooring points.
"In the future I would love to buy a steamboat and bring Brides up to the pub" adds Alan, "It would be a great alternative to travelling by car".