For Sale signs have gone up at the King’s Arms in Church Street.
The pub, owned by a property company now believed to be in administration, has had a number of licensees over recent times and along with many public houses has struggled to maintain trade in today’s hard financial climate. The pub is being sold through leading pub brokers, Christies who can provide further details. The price is listed at £325,000 and as having “potential for refurbishment or alternative use”.
Presently run by popular local licensee Mick Gotham the two-bar pub has attracted a very supportive clientele and it regularly holds music and charity events. There is already an exciting programme of events lined up through to the end of the year, ranging from Karaoke and Fancy Dress events to a Guy Fawkes Bonfire and a King’s Arms Got Talent Competition.
As recent as last Saturday, some in town are saying the music heard that evening was the best they have ever listened to in a Whitchurch pub!
The next event is a Karaoke evening on Saturday 8th October.
Unlike the Railway Hotel and the Harvest Home, this historic pub could not be demolished without permission, and any change of use would also require a planning application.
A local spokesman for CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) says:
“This pub, under the right ownership could continue to give increased choice to the residents of Whitchurch. With the government’s stated support for Community-owned pubs, that may be an option for a number of investors”.
He added that
“Whitchurch is renowned for its friendly pubs and we hope someone can come forward to run the King’s Arms for the town.”