Much-loved Hitchin pub to reopen ‘within 48 hours’ if licence granted

The much-loved Kings Arms in Hitchin is due to reopen 'within 48 hours' if a licence is granted.

The much-loved Kings Arms in Hitchin is due to reopen 'within 48 hours' if a licence is granted. - Credit: Archant

The owner of a much-loved Hitchin pub dating back more than 200 years is planning to reopen the premises ‘within 48 hours’ if his licensing application is successful next month.

The Kings Arms in Bucklersbury will open on November 13 if a licence is granted at a North Herts District Council sub-committee meeting two days earlier. Tom Brace, owner of the Grade II-listed building which first opened in 1806, said: “We’re working closely with local residents. I can understand some had concerns but we didn’t apply for a 3am licence – it’s a 1am weekend drinks licence as befits a venue benefiting Bucklersbury and the town.

“We want an early 30s crowd in terms of a nice adult environment serving craft beers, good wine and quality food. If the application is successful I want to open within 48 hours of it being granted, hopefully on November 13 – which is also my birthday! We’ll run it as the Kings Arms until after Christmas then close it for a full refurb under a different name.”

An NHDC spokesman said: “The applicant has worked with police and environmental health to enhance their operating schedules conditions, putting forward further adjustments as part of negotiations with other parties.”

A CAMRA spokesman said: “We’re all for it reopening as a restaurant or gastropub if it serves quality ales.”

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