The new landlord of a village pub hopes to make the establishment more viable than ever before after seeking help from family members spanning three generations.
Toby Robson-Brown, 25, has taken over The Fallen Stone pub in Thwing after working in the hospitality trade for 10 years.
He said: “I was working in The Falling Stone until the previous owner left, so the place was shut down and I was out of a job.
“I thought it over and decided that I could run the pub myself with help from my family.”
Now, Toby’s 18-year-old-brother Declan, his mother Sam, father Steve, grandmother Eileen Robson, and grandfather Aliwyn Robson, are all chipping in to get the business off the ground.
Alwyn Robson, 68, said: “Toby’s doing really well. “I come in and help with all the cleaning in the morning and tidy up, and Toby’s grandmother helps by making soups and Yorkshire puddings.
“There is even a family that comes all the way down from Darlington every week.”
Sam Robson-Brown, said; “We provide good family cooking like steaks and all the usual things to help Toby out.”
Toby’s brother Declan, added: “We do little jobs and all muck in when needed - it’s actually been quite eye-opening to see how pubs are run.”
The Falling Stone are to hold a bonfire celebration on 7 November, complete with live entertainment, a bonfire and fireworks.
The phone number for The Falling Stone has changed to 01262 470506.