The last remaining pub in one Merseyside village is hoping to reopen “as soon as possible” for the community and is now recruiting for a new operator.
Located off Knowsley Lane, the Derby Arms has stood proudly in Knowsley Village for decades and is the last remaining pub in the village.
A vital part of the community, the pub is a popular spot for families and friends to gather and has been strongly supported by residents over the years.
But after being re-let at the beginning of 2020, it has been confirmed that Greene King is now recruiting for a new operator to run the pub “for the long-term.”
A spokesperson for Greene King said: “We hope that the Derby Arms will be able to reopen as soon as possible for the Knowsley community and we’re now recruiting for a new operator to run the pub.
“Unfortunately we have not been able to recruit while the pub has been closed during lockdown but we are committed to finding someone who is keen to run the pub for the long-term.
“Anyone interested in running the Derby Arms can contact Greene King Pub Partners on 01284 843200.”
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Greene King confirmed the tenant decided to leave when the Covid-19 lockdown began, which is why they’re now looking to recruit a new one.
In January the Derby Arms pub in Knowsley Village had closed and was due to re-open after weeks of speculation regarding the pub’s future.
The pub has previously been described as being “the centre of community life” and “a focal point which needs to be preserved”.
The Derby Arms is the last standing pub in Knowsley Village, which was once home to pubs such as The Pipe and Gannex, The St John Fisher RC Club and The Old Knowsley Recreational Club, which later became Terry Phillips’s Club and Gym
The Greene King Pubs website states: “The pub is in very good condition thanks to the recent investment and has enjoyed excellent trade since refurbishment.
“The Pub is split into lounge and bar area and served by a very large car park, with over one hundred spaces.
“The pub also benefits from a well-appointed beer garden to the rear that overlooks the surrounding countryside, as you can imagine, this is very popular over the warmer months.
“There is plenty of passing trade here, so getting the external marketing right will be key to future success.”