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The beautiful North Staffordshire pub is open again – with big plans for foodies

A redeveloped pub popular with students and locals now hopes to attract more foodies.

The Sneyd Arms, in Keele, has closed for a week while new owners Kirsty Fradley, 32, and James Elliot, 31, spruce it up and get ready.

Now, after a soft opening for regulars, they’ve unveiled some of their plans for the establishment.

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It comes as the menu has been updated, with new chefs who Kirsty says are “thrilled” to cook fresh food.

The pair also intend to offer diners more adventurous specialties in the future, leaning into game like pigeon for a unique offering that matches the country pub vibe they want.

Outlining the plans for the quaint pub, Kirsty said: ‘The whole place has been cleaned from top to bottom.

The Sneyd Arms, Keele

“We had a new coat of paint and tore up the carpet in the ladies and laid linoleum.

“It’s not huge, but we’ve freshened up the place a bit. It didn’t take much, the character of this place is charming.

“We had a fixed opening on February 17 for locals. We offered a tasting menu and they all enjoyed the food.

Inside Arms Sneyd, Keele
Inside Sneyd Arms

“I’ve had a lot of people trying to book before.

“The last people who were there, the menu wasn’t very good, so we opted for country pub type food.

“I’m thinking maybe introducing some special games in the future, something a little different but still in the style of country pubs.

The Sneyd Arms, Keele
Customers can still come in for a pint

“It will be things like the pigeon, that’s what we hope to do. We have a good mix of traditional pub fare. Everyone loves a good pub meal.”

They are also looking to redevelop another area of ​​the pub for use as a function room and to host entertainers.

Fans of the supernatural may also have something to look forward to, as the pub is said to be haunted and is expected to welcome Ghostbusters in the near future.

“I know people are hearing noises and someone has seen a glass move and fall,” Kirsty said. “We hope to host it in about two months.”

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