Port pub regulars just love their Bug

Ted Salthouse in the Prince Arthur with landlord Wayne Duffy
Ted Salthouse in the Prince Arthur with landlord Wayne Duffy

A PUB on Fleetwood’s Lord Street is flying the flag for the traditional hostelry.

The Prince Arthur in Fleetwood is a pub which will carry on trading forever – according to its landlord and regulars.

The Lord Street local has been put on the market by owners Enterprise Inns who are also trying to sell the Strawberry Gardens on Poulton Road, Fleetwood.

But while the Strawberry Gardens is shut, the Prince Arthur – known locally as The Bug – is very much open.

Behind the bar at the Grade II listed building is Wayne Duffy who has been managing the pub for Enterprise since June and is waiting to see if there are any buyers at the £145,000 asking price.

He said: “I could be waiting forever. This is still a central position – it’s a prime site.

“The things people look at in pubs are position, position, position. I think it will hold its own as a pub – I would be most surprised if it didn’t.

“It needs some investment, especially in the kitchen.

“If you look at the King’s Arms down the road, they did that up and it’s doing very well now.

“It just needs investment without losing its character.”

Fleetwood man Ted Salthouse, 72, a fisherman for 46 years, first visited The Bug when he was 18.

He said: “I live near the seafront and they knocked my old pub down and the Queen’s doesn’t open until 4pm so I come in here.

“The atmosphere is brilliant. They call it Cheers, after the famous TV bar, it’s such a friendly place.

“It’s more like a traditional venue and there aren’t very many left.”

Dave Cooper travels to the pub from his home in Oxford Road, Cleveleys, every day.

He said: “I just like the place. I like the hospitality of the landlord. It’s a great pub.

“I’m the first waiting outside the door in the morning.”

The decline in the Fleetwood pub trade has seen the Strawberry Gardens go on the market for £215,000. Also on sale is the Jolly Sailor on Radcliffe Road which is owned by Punch Taverns and has an asking price of £180,000.

Two pubs that won’t be re-opening are the Victoria Hotel and the Fleetwood Arms, in the Dock Street area of Fleetwood.

The historic Victoria, opened in 1837, closed on October 31 after suffering from the downturn in the pub trade.

Now plans have gone in to Wyre Council to create four apartments on the ground floor to add to the two already on the first floor.

The old Fleetwood Arms, meanwhile, is being converted into a dental surgery.