To have heard this weekend that this historic 16th century coaching inn, one of only two pubs left in our village of Shrewton, has just been bought to re-open as a tea room has made me want to laugh and cry all at the same time. I am obviously biased as it was a big part of my life for over twenty years but there must be a lot of people unhappy at the thought of this change of business. Please do not let it happen - it is very likely to struggle and then close and then become a lovely home for someone. Well it was a lovely home for me too but it was also a thriving business where we could all eat, drink and be merry - I don't see that happening over a cup of tea and a slice of cake! Please, please re-open as a pub - run well it can thrive again.