Kings Arms in Dorchester COULD open at Easter

Kings Arms in Dorchester COULD open at Easter

Published by George Sharpe at 12:01am 25th January 2020.

The Kings Arms pub in Dorchester is set to reopen around Easter this year. 

The grade two listed building on High East Street has been closed since 2015. 

Developer Stay Original Co. say they're still firming up one or two details with the building, but they're hopeful to open at Easter, or at least very close to it.

That will mark the first phase of the project complete, opening up the ground floor and 15 bedrooms.

15 bedrooms and the ground floor are expected to open at the end of phase one of the work.
15 bedrooms and the ground floor are expected to open at the end of phase one of the work.

The second phase of the work is expected to start at the end of the summer, with the rest of the hotel opening early in 2021.

Much of the original 1850's building is being maintained, but the developers say it will be more open plan. They've also had to make crucial changes for health and safety reasons.

Rob Greacen, Managing Director of Stay Original told Wessex FM last year:

"The whole plan is that you can walk around the building and understand how it's developed over the years and how it's changed, and see a lot of the original features where possible.

"It's been tough with this project because the building has been knocked around a bit over the years and quite a lot of the original features have been removed over the years, which is sad.

"Whenever we've done this before we just create a new meeting place, somewhere where people can just go and do whatever they want to do. 

"There are lots of interesting places to go to in Dorchester and this will just be another one, but we hope it will be a good one."

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