Saturday, 3 September 2011
KINGS ARMS HOTEL 1975
There are many tales to be told about the Kings Arms in the 70s, but here is not the place to do it. Suffice it to say that it was a rough and ready sort of place. The name 'hotel' was a misnomer - it had been a hotel at one time but, in the 70s, the upstairs rooms were mostly given over to accomodation for the landlord and his family (although there was a 'function room' which, in 1974, was the birthplace of 'Dees Disco' ). In fact the original hotel room doors had been cut up to construct the downstairs bar and, if you ever ventured behind it, you could find the metal room numbers still affixed in various places.
One abiding memory is of the landlord of the Kings Arms decribing a rival pub as 'a dive' - as clear a case of the pot calling the kettle black as I've ever heard.
Things looked up a little in 1993 when the pub was taken over, extended, and refurbished by Frank Steed, an experienced pub manager who was succeeded by John Chapman, the current owner of what is now a free house.
Recently John spent a lot of money restoring the pub to something of its former glory, and he is to be congratulated on the way the pub looks now.