Piers Morgan and F1 star lead love for Stuart Broad as cricketer celebrates reopening of pub after fire
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Piers Morgan, cricket stars and F1 drivers have shared the love for England Ashes star Stuart Broad as the Nottingham lad's pub Tap & Run reopens after a devastating fire.
The Upper Broughton pub was ravaged by a blaze that left 'everything totally destroyed' inside the watering hole in the early hours of June 11 last year. The pub is owned by Broad alongside former cricketer Harry Gurney.
Some £1.3 million had to be spent on getting the pub up and running again and Tap & Run opened its doors to customers once again on Monday.
Broad, who is preparing for the Ashes second Test at Lord's this week, shared an emotional post online as he celebrated the return of Tap & Run. He wrote: "380 days after a devastating fire, I’m so proud to say our doors are OPEN again @tapandruncw!
"An incredible community spirit and endless hard work from many behind the scenes has made this possible and I can’t wait to hear your feedback of what you think. A few tweaks & changes in the rebuild which we think you’ll love. Head over for a pint, a meal, a G&T or whatever & I guarantee all our staff with be delighted to see you!"
The post prompted an outpour of love from friends, family and fans online who congratulated the bowler on the turnaround. Broad's fiancee, BBC Radio 1 star and ex-The Saturdays singer Mollie King led the comments by saying the pub looked 'amazing'.
Meanwhile, ex-England cricketer Paul Nixon told Broad to 'get the kettle on' and former F1 driver Max Chilton congratulated all involved. There was even a short message from TV star Piers Morgan, who added: "Great to see."
One of the most liked comments came from one cheeky follower who joked: "Great news. Top work. Anyone who can rebuild a pub that quick can rattle through the Aussie top order this week no probs…"
The pub is part of Gurney and Broad's The Cat and Wickets Pub Company and was named Pub of the Year at the Leicestershire Tourism and Hospitality Awards 2021.
Speaking after the fire broke out last year, a devastated Mr Gurney said: "We're going through the insurance claim at the moment, it'll probably be a couple more weeks. All being well, as soon as that has been concluded, we'll get on with the rebuild. They think the build is six to nine months so realistically we're looking at a year closed although I'm obviously trying to expedite that process a little bit and would like to think we might get it open again by the spring.
"Surveys and structural engineers are assessing it at the moment. It looks like the external walls will be salvageable but that's about it. Everything is totally destroyed. The first floor is all burned, the roof has all gone.
"Although the trading space on the ground floor isn't particularly fire damaged it was smoked damaged and water. So much water poured into the building to put the fire out downstairs is pretty much ruined and everything is pretty much a write-off with the exception of the odd table and chair."