A much-loved pub in the heart of west Dorset is set to reopen this weekend under new ownership. 

The Spyway Inn at Askerswell, just outside Bridport, will relaunch on Friday. 

Louise and Dave Compton bought the pub, which dates back to 1745, from Laura and Mark Watson, who last month announced they were moving on to start a 'new chapter' after four-and-a-half years. 

Louise and Dave have ambitious plans - but they are also keen to retain the pub's character which makes it such a hit with loyal locals.

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The couple, originally from Berkshire, have spent the past 12 years living in Australia and made the big move back to the UK six months ago. 

Dave is a chef and Louise's background is marketing and events; something they are keen to incorporate into the new-look pub. 

Louise said: "It's all go at the moment as we settle back into life in the UK and Dorset. It's a lot of change but it is very exciting. 

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"The garden is absolutely stunning and we fell in love with it. There is plenty of opportunity there to host events. We understand this is a community public house and we are going to keep it that way. We want people to come to The Spyway for a drink and a bite to eat but we'll also be looking at bespoke events, functions and hosting music sessions. And, of course, the outdoor pods will be staying!"

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Dave is putting the finishing touches to what is, for now, a slimmed down menu while they gauge interest. 

His cooking style is over fire, and guests can expect pizzas, cheeses and meats from a wood fired smoker, pizza oven and BBQ. The menu features a selection of sharing plates and vegetarian and vegan options. 

The couple are in discussion with local brewers as they hope to continue offering 'well-respected' ales and bitters on tap.

And good news for dog lovers as they will be welcome at the pub, too. 

"We want it to have a relaxed feel," said Louise. "And we're completely open to suggestions - we're thinking of hosting coffee mornings, for example, if the demand is there.

"The menu will be slim for now but there's a real mix of things on there. We'll see what people like and what they might like to see. Same for ales and bitters - we're happy for any feedback.

"It's a traditional pub but there's so much we can do - we're looking forward to welcoming the community now and seeing what they think."

The Spyway Inn opens on Friday at 4pm and will open five days-a-week; Wednesday to Friday from noon until 3pm and 5pm until 11pm; Saturday noon until close and Sunday noon until 5pm.