A fire last week in The Farmers Arms, a pub in Combe Florey, damaged the structure and forced its closure pending extensive repairs. This was reported in the Somerset County Gazette. According to a later report on ITV news, the pub was frequented by Evelyn Waugh during his years in residence at nearby Combe Florey House. No doubt, Auberon and his family were also patrons of the establishment. Parts of the structure dated to the 15th century, according to one report. The thatched roof was among the parts that were destroyed. One of the regulars told the press: “It’s a tragedy, it’s the main place to meet people in Combe Florey.” The owners hope to repair the damage and continue the business.