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About Us

Here is just a little info to let you get to know our pub better...

History

Here is a little potted history of our pub and the local area... if you have a spare minute or two and maybe a cup of tea (or is that a G&T), we think it's well worth a read.

The earliest reference we can find of the pub dates from 1864, when it was being used as the venue for a meeting of the Royal Lord Belgrave Lodge of Oddfellows. In those days it was called the Talbot Inn. We don't know when the name was changed, but by 1890 it had become the Grosvenor Arms, and a third floor had been added. It subsequently became the Grosvenor Arms Hotel.

A meeting of the Royal Lord Belgrave Lodge
of Oddfellows

The pub went through a purple patch in the sixties and seventies under the aegis of Ted Roberts, when the great and the good of Cheshire used to flock there.

This room is now the library.
The fireplace is now a door

The entrance hallway. The stairs have gone,
but there's still a bar

The Grosvenor was the second pub that we opened in the Chester area after Harkers, and it was one of the 'white elephant' sites that we seem to be fond of - when Jerry and Graham first looked at it, it was shut up and in a sad state of repair. It was damp, musty and unloved.

The Grosvenor Arms in 1890

The story of how we got it is great - Allied Lyons had the lease, but had seriously failed to maintain the property, which they were contractually obliged to do. They were looking to sell the lease on for a hefty amount, but by dint of some hard-ball negotiating, they ended up paying us £60,000 to take it off their hands - a sweet result. The Grosvenor estate, who owned the property, have proved to be lovely people to do business with, and share many of our core values.

Part of the Grosvenor estate

Many people thought we were bonkers to spend so much on a site with such a history of failure, and of course we're very pleased it has proved to be so successful.

Amazingly little has changed in 110 years,
apart from the addition of the flat roofed
annex on the right of the building

Anyway, the building is not that great - it was designed by a famous local Victorian architect called John Douglas. People rave about his work and there are all sorts of societies and individuals devoted to preserving the buildings he designed, but Jerry for one thinks he was an architectural vandal. He destroyed many of the fine medieval buildings in and around Chester in the name of progress, re-facing them with fake black and white timbering and often simply demolishing the original. His designs are made to look good from the outside but are often impractical, with windows you can't see out of and doors in the wrong place. Jerry should know because he lives in one. Still, John Douglas wasn't alone - the Victorians were generally arrogant when it came to building, believing that the past was worthless and just had to be replaced with the new and the modern. It all happened again in the 60's. Plus a change...etc.

Photos courtesy of the archive dept, Grosvenor Estates, and Alan Cotton.

If you'd like to put a name to a face, allow us to introduce you to the crew...


Front of house

Justin Realff

Manager

Justin came to us from a successful career in the motor trade, but after 18 years it was time for a complete change. He is a natural host and genuinely enjoys looking after people, dashing about the place in a whirlwind of enthusiasm. Justin is married with two boys, and when he isn't running around the pub, he runs up and down hills.

David Christian

Deputy Manager

In a previous decade Dave would have been hanging out with the Beachboys. Being of an aquatic nature, he has taught windsurfing and water-skiing in Greece and Australia for 4 years. He did a bit of work in his local boozer in Kelsall when he got back from abroad, liked the job, joined us and the rest is history. Dave can now be found spending any free moments he has riding one of his many bikes, whether it be road or mountain.

Oliver Evans

Junior Deputy Manager

Ollie started his Brunning and Price career in the kitchen at the Pant, after spending five years at Darland University and a gap year touring Wrexham with his band of brothers, he quickly found he actually preferred to be behind the bar, and looking after customers, than washing dishes, and this was the first of his clever moves, the second was to come and join us at the Grosvenor. Ollie takes great pride in everything he does and if you are lucky enough to be served by him you will see why we are so fortunate to have him with us.

Lucinda Clarke

Assistant Manager

Lucinda joined us from the equestrian world, luckily we managed to entice her into the warmth of the Grosvenor from the cold of the stud farm collecting yard. A self confessed foodie and a lover of a glass or two she is a perfect fit for our pub and we are lucky to have her, however on her days off she has on occasion, when it gets dark, been known to turn into a wasteland scavenger. Be warned.

Sally Astle

Bar/Waiting Staff

Sally first walked through our doors looking for a part-time job whilst her children were at school. Now, 28 years later, her children are all grown up and she is very much part of the furniture. Sally enjoys a good pint of G&T, and is currently working her way through our ever growing collection of gins, she assures us this is for research for our customers!


Kitchen

Stuart Green

Head Chef

Stuart's hobby is cooking, so he is in his element. He hails originally from the town renowned for a world class rugby team, St Helen's, and remains a keen supporter of Saints RFC to this day. He plays squash (all be it not since 2006) and enjoys the odd game of golf, believing that you should get as many swings for your money as you can. Stuart is married with two young children.

Daniel Evans

Senior Sous Chef

Dan has two major passions in his life, cooking and cycling, luckily they haven't yet invented chef whites made from lycra, so we only ever get to see the best of him. He also has a love and encyclopedic knowledge of eighties music, but rest assured his cooking style and influences are right up to date.

Amy Hughes

Junior Sous Chef

Amy worked front of house at the Wharf before Andy poached her for the kitchen after she won their 1st birthday baking competition. He has subsequently poached her again for the Red Fox, with promises of gin and cider.

John Welsby

Kitchen Porter

John, or more correctly Mr Welsby, has joined us from the Pant where he secured his legendary status. Never afraid of hard work, John works just as hard at home as he does at work. He has a lawn so big it takes all day to mow it, then when he has a day off he often pops back to Telford to watch his favourite football team play at home. John is known for having an encyclopedic knowledge of bus timetables, trains and football facts.


Maintenance

Diane Roberts

Cleaner

"Di bach" as we call her (with a heavy Welsh accent) brings a much needed touch of glamour to the often roughie toughie world of cleaning! Married with two children, Di likes nothing better on a Friday night than being tucked up in bed with some cocoa watching her favourite Welsh soap, Pobl y cum. She takes a great pride in her job, and is never shy to show you her gleaming pub. This is her second time round working at the Grosvenor, we are pleased she saw the light and came home.

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