A HEREFORDSHIRE pub is under new management as Christmas approaches.

The Horseshoe Inn, in Ledbury, has been taken over by partners Annette Heaney, 46, and Mick Davie, 40.

Originally from Birmingham, the pair have lived in Ledbury for the past 14 years, and also own the Royal Hall at the other end of the High Street.

After a turbulent time during which Ms Heaney was involved in a car crash and then diagnosed with breast cancer, she wanted to find something she could do.

And with her family having been in the pub trade for many years, she decided to follow in their footsteps.

"This is a new venture for us," said Ms Heaney.

"We hope to get the pub as busy as it used to be."

All staff and chefs will stay the same so customers can have continuity, she said, while the pub will be offering most of their usual fare, including their popular tapas and pizza, with tapas now served through the day.

Families and children are also welcome.

"It's a family place so supervised children are more than welcome up until 9pm," she said.

The couple will be behind the bar ready to personally welcome customers from 12pm to 2pm on Christmas Day, and the pub will also be open on Monday, December 27 to coincide with the Ledbury hunt.

The pub will now open Sunday to Thursday from 12pm to 11pm then Friday and Saturday 12pm to midnight.

Food will be served on Monday to Saturday from 12pm to 4pm and 5pm to 9pm, and from 12pm to 4pm on Sundays.