A TRADITIONAL 18th century village pub has welcomed new owners who are aiming to bring it back to the ‘heart of the community.’

Experienced licensees Richard and Niki Clarke have become the new managers of the Cherry Tree in Steventon, near Didcot.

The distinctive pink pub in High Street is owned by brewer Wadworth and features low ceilings, oak beams, and three open fireplaces.

Mr Clarke said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming back customers old and new and putting this place at the centre of the village.

“It’s a beautiful building with open fires in the winter, a great courtyard for the summer and the place deserves to be a real pub serving the people around it.”

The Clarkes plan to launch a new menu and hold beer tasting events so locals and businesses can see what is on offer.

Regional development manager for Wadworth, Toby Bartholomew, said: “Its great to have Richard and Nicki join us.