A WORCESTER pub is set to be taken over by landlords from another venue in the city next week.

The current owners of The King's Head, Sidbury, will be leaving next Tuesday (July 21) as landlords from The Coach and Horses will be taking over.


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James Lovett, from Wychbold, took over The Coach and Horses, Upper Tything, in November last year with Louise Andrews.

The pair have been contacted by the pub’s brewery, Marston’s, to also take on the running of one of the oldest pubs in Worcester.

Mr Lovett said the grade II listed venue is currently “on its knees” and aims to bring the pub “back to life.”

Mr Lovett said: “Marston’s asked us to take it on and try to bring it back to the best it can be as they were so pleased with the job we have done at The Coach and Horses.

“Unfortunately, currently it’s on its knees as was the Coach when we went in. But as I’m sure you are aware the Coach before lockdown was thriving.”

The pub will reopen on Friday, July 24 at 12pm.

He said the venue will provide outdoor live music weekly and a “bustling new atmosphere ready for the summer.”

Pub grub is off the menu temporarily, however bar snacks and rolls will be available.

The King's Head posted on Facebook the announcement: “We are sad to announce to be leaving the Kings Head Tuesday next week.

“But don’t worry, the Kings Head stays open as our colleagues from The Coach and Horses, Upper Tything, will keep your beer glasses filled.

“The decision hasn’t been easy, but we believe that after the corona lock-down, this pub is not viable for our business model.

“Too, the brewery need to invest a significant amount in the region of £200k to bring kitchen, glass roof, flat and other areas back to trade-able standard; we have understanding though, that at the current economic situation this is very unlikely to happen soon, so no bad feelings.

“The good news is that didn’t put us of, we are in dialogue about alternative pubs, and hope to let you know about our whereabouts soon.”

A Marston’s spokesman said: “The licensee from the Coach and Horses, Upper Tything, (Worcester) is temporarily taking over the running of the Kings Head, Sidbury (Worcester) as the current licensees are leaving.