New managers take over historic pub in Worcestershire village

Jon Steventon and Ryan Bissell, the new managers of the Kings Arms <i>(Image: Jon Steventon)</i>
Jon Steventon and Ryan Bissell, the new managers of the Kings Arms (Image: Jon Steventon)

The new managers of an historic Worcestershire pub say they are excited about the future.

Jon Steventon and Ryan Bissell have taken over at the Kings Arms in Ombersley - and have already set about ringing the changes.

The couple took over officially on November 18 having worked at the 15th century boozer since it reopened in the summer.

“We’re really excited,” said Jon. “We can’t wait to get going.

Worcester News: The Kings Arms is an historic pub in Ombersley
Worcester News: The Kings Arms is an historic pub in Ombersley

The Kings Arms is an historic pub in Ombersley (Image: findmypub.com)

“We have already introduced a new menu, with a focus on homemade food. We’re trying to get a buzz about the place and get it back to how it was.

“We’re looking at having special evenings throughout the week such as a Fish and Fizz Friday, a steak night on a Thursday and tapas evenings.

“In the New Year we’ll be looking to put on more events and maybe a fete in the summer.”

Kings Arms managers positive about the future

Originally from Dudley in the Black Country, Jon and Ryan are now living above the Kings Arms and describe Ombersley as a “beautiful village to live in”.

“Managing a pub has always been a long-term ambition of ours,” said Jon. “The chance to do that came about a lot sooner than we expected but it was an opportunity we had to take.”

With a number of businesses, especially in the hospitality industry, closing down and blaming the cost of living crisis, are the couple worried about taking on a pub?

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“No,” said Jon. “The weekend we’ve just had was the best since the pub reopened in the summer. “We’re hoping that with Christmas just around the corner, we’re going to be seeing even more people coming through the door.”

The Kings Arms was built in the 15th century and is a striking black and white building on the Main Road though Ombersley.

An award-winning restaurant also based in the village is expected to reopen in the New Year.

The Venture In, which also occupies an historic black and white building, has been closed for the past few months while refurbishment work takes place.

Chef proprietor Toby Fletcher has said patrons can expect a “fresher, more vibrant” version of the Venture In.