Rebuilding work begins on fire-damaged cricketers’ pub

By Gary Lloyd

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Phoenix from the flames: rebuilding work has begun at the Tap & Run (credit: Getty/Ricky Deacon)
Phoenix from the flames: rebuilding work has begun at the Tap & Run (credit: Getty/Ricky Deacon)

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New images show work has begun to bring the Tap & Run pub back to life after it was ravaged by fire in June this year.

The site in Upper Broughton, on the Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire border, is owned by current and former England cricket players Stuart Broad and Harry Gurney – and is part of the The Cat & Wickets Pub Company, which was established in August 2016.

In a Twitter post last week, images of the pub as it was its pomp were showed besides its current state.

The post read: “Some before and after shots. The pub has now been fully stripped back to brick and the rebuilding has commenced. Hopefully we’ll see a roof on by the start of October, so the real work inside can begin.”

The pub showed the damage wreaked by the blaze a couple of days after the event, which showed aerial shots of a missing roof and interior rubble.

Love and support

The post stated: “We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support we have received over the last couple of days and want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts. The kind messages and offers of help have been so heart-warming, it really has helped us get through a very tough few days.”

On top of the destruction​, the business had an anxious two-week wait before it could confirm its insurers had accepted liability and the rebuild would be taking place.

It said on social media at the time: “Our building insurers, Arch Insurance, aided by Sedgwick, have accepted liability and we can now get on with the rebuild. We are so grateful for their early decision on this. We can breathe again for the first time in weeks.”

Cricketing CVs

Reports suggest the cost for the rebuild, new decoration and furniture are estimated at £1m.

Broad is currently involved with the England cricket team as it prepares to take on South Africa in the third Test match at the Oval, south London, next week. He also plays for Nottinghamshire at county level.

Gurney retired from the sport in May 2021 after suffering a shoulder injury. He played for England in the 50-over and T20 formats and had a 13-year career with counties Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire followed by stints at T20 franchises worldwide.

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