altA freeholder who has run her pub for a quarter of a century has revealed her delight after locals came up with £300,000 to secure its future.
The Cross Inn at Staplecross in East Sussex has been in Molly Monk’s family for more than 50 years but the pub faced closure until earlier this month.
When Molly’s husband and then her father-in-law died complications over ownership of the pub arose with Molly needing to raise extra cash to buy it outright.
However after fears the pub could be closed and then turned into a restaurant locals dug deep to find the money needed to keep the wet-led community pub alive.
Molly told Inapub: “I still have to pinch myself to believe it sometimes. It is my business and my home so I would have been left with nothing. The last two years have been a nightmare.
“I honestly thought I was going to lose it but they really wanted to keep the pub in their community.
“The pub has huge potential and there is so much we can do with it now.”