Every week we love to shine the spotlight on some of the best local venues that the borough has to offer, in our Pub of the Week feature.

This week we spoke to the new landlady of The Beaumont Arms, Sally May, after she took over a few days ago.

Name of the pub:

The Beaumont Arms

Address of the pub:

Armadale Road, Ladybridge, Bolton BL3 4XB

Landlady name:

Sally May

How long have you been the landlord/landlady for? And how are you finding it?

I only just took over a few days ago, but it’s been my local for a long time, so I thought I would apply for the job. I have worked at other pubs over the years, and I love it here. It’s been quite good so far.

The Bolton News: New landlady Sally May at a part at the pubNew landlady Sally May at a part at the pub (Image: The Beaumont Arms)Give us some history about the pub:

I think it was built in the early to mid-70s.

Is food served? If so please describe

We are just getting the menu together and will be reintroducing food here. There has been no food served at the pub for just coming up to 12 months. It’s a community pub in the middle of a housing estate and there isn’t much around here. It’s always been a community and family pub and the food will be served at a reasonable price.

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Is there a beer garden? Please describe

We have a front beer garden and there are benches and a smoking shelter. We also have a big TV in the smoking shelter, which was put up at the last World Cup. The beer garden gets quite busy in the summer.

The Bolton News: What is the most popular drink served and why?

Carling is probably the most popular beer and Coors Beer. Another favourite is our Baby Guinness. We have a large selection of Cask beers too, as well as a selection of rose, white, and red wine, and different ciders.

What is the most memorable moment at the pub?

I would say the fancy dress themed parties that the old landlady used to have. We are thinking about maybe doing a Peaky Blinders themed party soon.

Do you have an entertainment line-up?

We are planning some family fun here for the May bank holiday, and a children’s Easter party next Saturday (March 30). We will be doing entertainment twice a month, including a disco, karaoke, live bands, and more events.

The Bolton News: What are the biggest challenges within the industry and how can you overcome them?

The challenge is getting people back in here, which should be okay once food is back on. I know I haven’t been here long, but since I took over people have been coming in that I haven’t seen for quite a while. We have reduced the price of the beer because it’s a tenancy pub now. We will have lunch once a month for the elderly, where there will be bingo, a singer, and a two-course meal. We will ask the local nursing home if they want to bring any residents. We will increase this if people want it more often.

What is the best thing about running a pub and why?

It’s a lifestyle. There is always somebody different who comes through the door, and they always have a story to tell. If people have not seen someone for a while, then somebody knocks on their door. We have a lot of people who come here because they will have company, and it can be cheaper to come here than at home.

The Bolton News: What is the worst thing about running a pub and why?

I would say the hours. Luckily because we are not open until 3pm I don’t have to be here until later. But we don’t have a cleaner so I will start earlier. We open at 12 on weekends. And we are looking at extending the hours on Saturdays, Sundays, and Bank Holidays, so we can serve breakfast because the demographic has changed so much.

What bonus things are offered at the pub? Please explain.

We don’t open until 3pm, but it is no problem for us to open earlier if needed. We can open earlier for functions. We will also be doing a quiz night again. We have four pool teams, and we do regular pool tournaments. We also have Sky Sports here.

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