Historic pub to close its doors for good tomorrow

General view of Glegg Arms in Heswall
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A historic pub and restaurant will close its doors for good tomorrow.

The Glegg Arms on Chester Road in Heswall has operated as a pub since the 1840s. Now part of Whitbread's Beefeater chain, it serves food, has a large beer garden to the rear and boasts a children's play area. However, the pub will close tomorrow as Whitbread shuts a number of Beefeater sites across the country.

A Whitbread spokesperson told the ECHO: "After many years serving the community we can confirm the Glegg Arms is closing its doors (last day of service is July 4). We'd like to take this opportunity to thank the local community for their support over the years and our amazing team members."

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Many of Whitbread's pubs and restaurants will be integrated into its Premier Inn brand, acting as restaurants and serving only hotel guests. It also plans to sell 126 of its venues over the next two years.

Dominic Paul, Whitbread CEO, said: "When I joined Whitbread as CEO in January 2023, it was clear to me that we had a high performing hotels business, with a strong platform for growth in both the UK and Germany. Our strategy of continuing to invest in our brand, teams, and estate for the benefit of our guests and customers has secured a market-leading position for Premier Inn in the UK and is also delivering strong business performance.

“Our significant freehold estate and strong balance sheet mean we are in a unique position to be able to add 3,500 new hotel rooms and meet the strong demand we are seeing from guests around the country, whilst continuing to offer a great breakfast and dinner at all of our hotels. This plan is a further positive step, delivering a better experience for our hotel guests and helping to extend our market leadership in the UK.

“I recognise that these changes will be unsettling for affected team members and we are committed to working hard to enable as many as possible of those affected to stay with Whitbread by either transferring into roles this plan will create, or by taking up other vacancies across the business more broadly through our existing recruitment activity that makes c.15,000 hires each year. Our teams are at the heart of our guest experience, and I want to thank each and every team member for their continued hard work and dedication to deliver the great quality, service and value that our guests expect from us.”

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