A Helsby pub has been resurrected by a former regular.
The Helsby Arms, on Chester Road, reopened its doors on Monday, January 6 and the kitchen unveils its brand new menu of burgers and English classics on Thursday, January 9.
Richard Chamberlain, former licensee of the Dunham Arms in Frodsham, ‘jumped at the chance’ to put the Helsby Arms back in business.
With his first pub venture under his belt, Mr Chamberlain is excited about the future of the Helsby Arms, which is part of the Punch Taverns group.
He said: “I fell in love with the Helsby Arms. It was the pub that I liked to spend my time in when I wasn’t working.
“The opportunity to take it came up about six weeks ago. I jumped at the chance. We are hopeful that it is successful and that we are here for many years to come.”
The pub’s previous landlord shut up shop without warning in September, leaving the pub’s staff out of pocket by almost £2,000 in owed wages and a bride-to-be without a wedding venue a week before her big day.
The new team includes one old member of staff and workers from the Dunham Arms.
Mr Chamberlain added that a lot of the pub’s former customers were ‘delighted’ to see it open again.
A spokesperson for Punch Taverns said: “We do still own the pub and it has reopened. The tenant is operating on a temporary contract currently but things are going well.”