A pub near Malvern which has been empty for over two years is returning under new management and not being converted into housing.

The Plough and Harrow in Guarlford has been taken over by Brunning and Price, an organisation which owns pubs across the country.

Brunning and Price were contacted by a resident who told them the pub had been closed for some time and they decided to take on the job of restoring and re-opening it.

Work on the pub started on January 14 and Brunning and Price are hoping it will be ready to open in Spring this year.

Mary Willcock, Manager Director for Brunning and Price said "You’ll find us traditional in style, with open fires, wooden floors, bookcases, decent old furniture and lots of rugs and plants.

“Being foodies, our menu, which will be published on our website each morning, will be something of an eclectic mix, striking a balance of hearty pub classics, complemented by more exotic influences from around the world, changing regularly and reflecting the seasons but there’s always a mix of traditional British dishes alongside something a little different.

“We think simple things done well are often the best and we want to create a friendly atmosphere in attractive surroundings where locals, regulars and new customers can meet, eat, drink and relax. That for us, is what being a good pub in the heart of its community is all about.’’

The Plough and Harrow was under threat of being turned into housing after it closed down in 2016, but Malvern Hills District Council turned the application down in February last year.

When the pub opens, Brunning and Price will be looking for staff to work at the Plough and Harrow. Anyone interested is advised to send their CV to domonic@brunningandprice.co.uk