THE Hoops Inn at Horns Cross, ravaged by fire in March, will be open for business again on June 1. More than 100 fire fighters fought the blaze at the thatched hostelry on March 23.

THE Hoops Inn at Horns Cross, ravaged by fire in March, will be open for business again on June 1.

More than 100 fire fighters fought the blaze at the thatched hostelry on March 23.

Half the roof was lost together with much of the interior of the 13th century building.

But when owner Gerry Goodwin opens the doors again on June 1, regular patrons will notice little difference.

Ornaments and other items of interest rescued from the blaze have been cleaned up and will be in their usual places.

Master thatcher James Marshall is making good the roof with Austrian reed. And local craftsmen have been restoring the fire-damaged rooms so that they will look much as before.

Even the inn's four-poster bed was saved from the fire and will be back in situ.

A tank of tropical fish which survived the blaze will also be on display.

The blaze cost the Hoops dear. One thousand bookings for the 13 bedrooms have had to be cancelled and the restoration work will cost between £250,000 and £300,000.

It could all have been much worse, however, had it not been for the swift action of the fire fighters who saved half the building.

But there will be no big party to re-launch the inn.

"The Hoops is not known as a party pub," said Mr Goodwin. "It is a venue for good food, good wine and quiet enjoyment."

To book a table in the restaurant, call (01237) 451222.