Pub full of memories which used to be 'mega busy' closes for good

The Glegg Arms in Heswall closed its doors for good on July 4
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Customers have shared their fond memories as a pub closed its doors for good.

The Glegg Arms, on Chester Road in Heswall, had its last day in business yesterday, after operating as a pub since the 1840s. The pub, which was part of Whitbread's Beefeater chain, closed on Thursday, July 4, as Whitbread shut a number of 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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Reacting to the news of the closure, many ECHO readers shared their memories of the Glegg Arms. One reader said: "Oh no that’s such a shame, we used to visit with our daughter here the play area was great." On Facebook someone else added: "What a terrible shame."

Another said: "Shame that, it's a really nice building. It used to be mega busy on a weekend at one time. Hopefully somebody else will take it over and reopen it." A fourth said: "Sad for all the staff losing their jobs, can honestly say we've never had a bad meal or service there. Really hope they all have jobs to go to x."

Someone else replied: "I remember it from the 80's. It had a bridge and wishing well you threw coins into. Shame but not visited for years." And another person said: "Loved this place in the early 90s, best food, had my 18th birthday meal in the Glegg, lovely memories."

Another added: "Had my first date with my husband there in 1987, sad news." Someone else with fond memories said: "Oh no it’s been there since I was a child so sad had so many good times here." And someone else replied: "Loved going in there in the 70s when it was a proper pub with a bowling green."

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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