A POPULAR pub has suffered a “terrible fire”

Crews rushed to the Plough and Sail, East End, Paglesham in Rochford this morning.

The pub posted online to reassure its customers at about 11am today.

A spokesman said: “We are very sad to say, that in the early hours of this morning we had a terrible fire on the premises.

“Fortunately everyone is OK, and nobody was hurt.

“We are so thankful for all of our friends in the village that were there to help in the early hours and have continued to do so this morning.

"We will be open as usual today, and if you have a booking with us it will be our normal menu, however we will only be able to serve sandwiches and ploughmans to people sitting outside.

“Please bear with us and thank you for understanding.”

The pub and fire service were contacted for comment