A COUPLE have taken over the running of a well-loved pub.

Paul and Suzanne Kell are taking up the reins at the Farmers Arms in Barrow.

The pair also run The Newton Arms in Dalton and have been at the beloved pub for the last five years.

They are due to run the Hollow Lane watering hole alongside the Dalton pub.

In a statement posted on social media announcing the new venture, the new tenants said: "We're pleased to formally announce ourselves as the new tenants of The Farmers Arms, Newbarns.

"We'll be working from now right up to May 17th to make sure everything's good to go.

"If you're passing and we're working outside,give us a nod and say hello.

"We've run the Newton Arms in Dalton for the last five years (which we're keeping on) -another pub that was almost closed permanently, and made a success of it.

"We're hoping to do the same with the Farmers Arms and with your support, we're sure we can do it."

Pubs will be allowed to open to serve drinks to customers outside from April 12.

They are due to be able to welcome in drinkers inside from May 17, subject to mixing restrictions.

Indoor socialising will be subject to the rule of six or two households.

This means that you people will able to mix in indoor settings with other from their household and one more, or be with up to five people from different households.

The Newton Arms bosses have announced plans to reopen the pub on April 16.

The pub's outside seating areas have been revamped in preparation to welcome back customers in the open air.