A right royal welcome
THE Kings Arms, Oreston, closed its doors in January 2011 and opened six months later fresh-faced and ready to embrace a brand new era.
"It was tired and in need of a makeover," says landlord Steve Clements, who runs this historic hostelry with his partner Marie Slide.
"When we took over it was the perfect opportunity to change the pub and drag it into the 21st century," says Steve.
A sander was put across the floor to bring the original wood colour up, and the whole interior was redecorated in pleasant pastel colours.
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A wall between the restaurant and bar was knocked down to make the pub open plan. There is a sports area with a pool table, a comfy corner with leather settees, and an attractive raised lounge area that was originally the stage where now you can enjoy the views over the River Plym. Between the lounge area and restaurant area is the entrance and bar area.
Steve and Marie, along with head chef Aaron Oakley, have created a tasty selection of choices for the menu. Traditional food prepared and cooked on the premises ranges from light bites, baguettes and wraps to jackets, burgers, main meals and grills.
Main meals are priced at £6.75 each or £12 for two. Menu items are competitively priced, with the mixed grill at £9.99 being the most expensive item.
"We have a child-friendly selection which also suits people with small appetites," says Steve.
A big attraction at The Kings Arms is the views. From the windows you can look out to the quayside, with Turnchapel and Coxside facing each other across the wide waters of the Plym. Beyond is Mount Batten and the distant East Cornwall hills of Mount Edgcumbe. A bonus in fair weather is the beer garden at the rear.
"We have given The Kings Arms back to the people of Oreston. It is a village pub and belongs to the community," says Steve.
"The old character and atmosphere of the pub that was always here is still here, but amalgamated into an up-to-date look and a more practical layout."
Steve and Marie have moved the live music events to the opposite end of the pub for residents' sake.
"It is a question of trying to keep a balance. If you live near a pub there will be taxis and people walking home and a bit of noise. But if you have bought your home by the river you don't deserve to sit down to watch TV and have your eardrums blasted by the pub next door."
Although dogs are not allowed in the bar, The Kings Arms is dog friendly and man's best friend is welcome in the beer garden to such an extent that there are water bowls and dog biscuit treats for 'canine regulars'.
The South West Coastal Path runs past the front of the pub – and many a walker has popped in for some liquid refreshment.