The Fisherman, now the Village Inn, is a modern pub that was built in the 1960’s.
In April 2007 Forest of Dean MP Mark Harper reopened the Enterprise Inns owned pub after a £200,000 extension and refurbishment. The Fisherman was doubled in size and had a new kitchen, dining area and a sports bar equipped with two plasma screen televisions. Morris men entertained during the evening and llama trek expert Alastair Fraser even brought along his animals. Landlord Murray Hunt said at the time, “We wanted to create a real community pub which will benefit the whole of Sedbury. The response so far has been tremendous, and we’ve been well supported by Enterprise Inns.”
Elizabeth Rogers and Dave Hughes took over the running of the Fisherman in March 2009. Dave said, “A lot of people have said they have they’ve got their old pub back. The response has been great.”
In January 2010 the pub closed for business and was boarded up several days later. Councillor Alastair Fraser (Independent, Tidenham) said, “Owners Enterprise Inns have to ask themselves whether the rent they are asking for is too high.” However, it had re-opened by May.
In July 2013 an outline planning application was submitted to Forest of Dean District Council for the construction of two terraces of three dwellings and a replacement shop unit on the land adjoining the public house.
The pub was relaunched as the Village Inn and mother and daughter team Mo and Zoe run the pub in July 2019. The Village Inn website proudly declares that it is ‘family run for family fun’ and the food is described as home-cooked ‘where quality doesn’t mean pricey.’
1964 -1965 Fred Oakes
1965 -1967 Mr Black
1967 -1975 C. Richards
1975 D. Smith (from Live and Let Live)
2007 Murray Hunt
2008 Gerald Barratt
2009 Elizabeth Rogers and Dave Hughes