STOURPORT bar The Lodge has closed down following the tragic death of its owner. 

Adrian Sharman, who also worked as a taxi driver and scrap man, died unexpectedly last month after developing a blood clot. 

The 56-year-old previously ran the Lock in Wolverley and Hamstall Inn pub in Stourport before taking on The Lodge in March this year. 

It faced an uncertain future before Adrian and his wife Kerry stepped in to revamp the popular bar. 

The father of five was a football coach, a referee for 30 years, and was a keen player of darts and poker. He previously worked at Jones and Sons Metals in Kidderminster. 

His daughter-in-law Leah Jordan said: "He was the happiest man that you would have ever met. 

"He had a heart of gold - he would do anything for anyone. 

"He broke a lot of hearts when he died. He had so many friends". 

Kidderminster Shuttle: Adrian with his wife KerryAdrian with his wife Kerry

She said that the family felt they could not continue running the bar without Adrian. 

"He was a proper pub man - he loved running his pubs", she added. 

Adrian Sharman leaves behind his wife Kerry, sister Sarah, children Matthew, Kimberley, Megan, Connor and Sophie, grandchildren Henry and Alexa, daughter-in-laws Charlotte and Leah, son-in-law Carl, and close friend Brandon Jones. 

New owners are now being sought after to run The Lodge, which is located on Lombard Street. 

A post on the bar's Facebook page said: "The Lodge Tapas & Grill had to unexpectedly close, due to the sad and untimely passing of the owner - Adrian Sharman. 

"The keys have since been returned to the Landlords 

"Any interested parties, to purchase the business, please direct enquires through The Lodge FB Messenger page, in the first instance. Only serious enquires to be forwarded please.

"The Lodge will remain closed in the meantime."