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Owners of historic pub gutted by fire determined to serve drinks from under the tarpaulin

The 16th century pub has seen a lot of history - it was frequented by novelist Evelyn Waugh. Photo: ITV West Country

The owners of historic pub which was badly damaged in a fire last week have shown they're determined to "keep calm and carry on".

Almost all of the thatched roof of The Farmers Arms in Combe Florey near Taunton was destroyed in the blaze - as was the first floor.

Sixteen fire crews were called to bring it under control.

But the owners say they are determined to start serving drinks from under the tarpaulin within the month.

The owners are determined to make the best of things - and will reopen for business under their colourful temporary roof. Credit: ITV West Country

Posting on their website, the pub's owners said that they will be closed for the time being "with huge regret and sadness".

But they are determined to be back serving the village as soon as possible.

Many villagers turned out to help clear up after the fire. Credit: ITV West Country

We are in the process of rebuilding and we will keep you posted on developments. We will return.

Thank you for your loyal support. The team look forward to welcoming you back as soon as we can.

– The Farmers Arms