The new landlords at a pub in Akeley have had a successful first weekend.
Mandy and Gerarde Maloney have taken on The Bull and Butcher after the pub was refurbished around six months ago.
The couple had their official launch on Friday last week and have received a warm welcome from the village.
Mrs Maloney said: “It was fantastic. The whole village really supported it all. It was standing room only.”
She added running a pub had been a long-held dream of her husband’s. She said: “Gerarde has always wanted to run a pub and now our children have grown up it has become possible.
“It is such a lovely pub. We came here as customers and we said if this came on the market we would be interested in it.”
As Mrs Maloney is a classically trained chef, she has taken over the running of the kitchen, while Mr Maloney takes care of front of house.
He also set up a commercial cleaning company around 25 years ago, which is still running in the background.
Visit www.bullandbutcherakeley.co.uk for more.