The Bishops Mill pub in Salisbury city centre has re-opened after an extensive refurbishment.
The pub, owned by brewer and pub company Greene King, had been closed since the nerve agent attack in the city on March 4, 2018.
Returning to its original name of The Bishops Mill, the pub was opened by Salisbury’s mayor Cllr Mike Osment in a ceremony at 11am, where he was joined by Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey and the pub’s general manager Emma Dodge.
Greene King undertook a complete renovation of the building, after it was cleared and handed back by DEFRA last year.
Emma Dodge, general manager at The Bishops Mill: said “It’s brilliant to be back open again and I can’t wait to welcome everyone in Salisbury back through the doors. This has been a tough time for our city and it was great to show our appreciation last night for some of the people who have been directly impacted by events of the past year. It’s amazing to see the new-look pub after its investment and the transformation and we’re now looking forward to putting a great venue back at the heart of Salisbury. This has been a tough time for everyone involved and we hope our improvements help give the pub, the city and the wider community a welcome boost for the months and years ahead.”
Thérèse Coffey, Conservative MP for Suffolk Coastal, and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs minister said she believed that the re-opening of the last decontaminated site served as a “big signal” to people that Salisbury is well and truly open for business but added that more needs to be done.