Well, we eventually made it back this week!
have a chimney fire, but it was on the back of the heating and hot water being broken and various other things going wrong!
It ended up being closed for about 4 weeks, and had a major overhaul. It now has a new heating system, only one water and electricity supply (!), redecoration and is looking so so much better inside. It's still Sam Smith's food and drink, but there's not much that can be done about that! Lol.
As ever, things can't be 'quite' right - there has always been a photo of an old lady by the window seat, she was evidently a regular there for years and used to live in the village. I asked where the photo had gone and was told that Sam Smith said
it's a pub not a memorial