Merseyside 's oldest pub is reopening today after being devastated by fire.
Firefighters spent hours putting out the blaze which engulfed The Scotch Piper 's famous 100-year-old thatched roof in December last year.
Now the pub on Southport Road in Lydiate which dates back to the 14th century, is reopening after months of repair and a £140,000 investment from Admiral Taverns brewery.
The ECHO were invited to look around before the historic inn opens its doors to the public, just in time for the Grand National , which will be shown at the pub.
New licensees Colin Rimmer and Jamie Green will be at the helm.
Jamie, who is also a commercial airline pilot said: 鈥淲e are delighted to have been able to get the Scotch Piper restored and open and we are very much looking forward to welcoming customers old and new."
As well as its traditional roof and whitewashed walls, it was also famous for its real ales, featuring in CAMRA鈥檚 Good Beer Guide, and in 2015 was named Liverpool CAMRA鈥檚 Community Pub of the Year.