The King’s Arms will be reopening its doors after ‘letting the madness die down’, following the easing of lockdown.
It’s been three weeks since lockdown was eased and pubs were allowed to serve drinks to customers seated outside and a further nine days since they were allowed to serve indoors. However, The King’s Arms remained shut.
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— The Kings Arms (@kingssalford) May 25, 2021
Although they may be late to the party owner, Lisa Conner said: “We wanted to make sure everything was ready and let the madness die down so we can open how we like with our lovely customers and relaxed atmosphere…we’re adhering to the rules and making sure everyone feels very safe.”
The King’s arms is an independent pub and is not backed by any breweries or chains so closure was always a risk. Chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association Emma McClarkin says: “It’s estimated that 2,000 pubs have been lost forever, and 2.1 billion pints in beer sales have also been missed, wiping out £8.2bn in trade value from the sector. ‘Wet-led pubs’ – which only serve drinks – are the most vulnerable”.
Luckily The Salford Arms does serve food and is launching their new menu in three weeks. The menu is not the only thing that has changed during lockdown.
Whilst everywhere else was open The King’s Arms have made some major renovations to the interior, a new gin bar has been opened upstairs, called ‘Cici’s bar’. The theatre has also had a revamp in the style of a cabaret house.
Although Lisa said the biggest change to the pub was the re-training of staff, as they are not using an app to order drinks to a table. She says: “A lot of pubs near us are brewery backed and have a lot more disposable income to pay for things like apps, but its not just that its the antisocial aspect of ordering on your phone. A lot of our older clients didn’t want to use apps for various reasons and it was the same with young people, so we decided on table service.”
The pub can be found on Bloom Street, off Chapel Street. Any other information can be found here, on the pub’s website.