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Kings Arms in Stansted hit by storm waters just four days after reopening following £592,000 refurbishment

The Kings Arms pub in Stansted is “unrecognisable” following a £592,000 transformation – and villagers have been eager to pop in to see for themselves.

And despite partially flooding during last Thursday's torrential storm, it escaped unscathed and reopened that evening.

Landlady Fay Frostick, who grew up in Stansted and runs the new-look venue with partner Alex Robinson, said: “It was lucky we were all in starting the day when the water started coming in through the doors. We were able to head it off and sweep it into the cellar, where there's a sub-pump.

The outside of the smart new Kings Arms pub (40477681)
The outside of the smart new Kings Arms pub (40477681)

"And I have to say that the flood wardens were brilliant – they were literally on our doorstep in 10 minutes with sandbags."

Pub operator Punch Pubs & Co invested £592,000 in revamping the grade II listed building, which sits at the bottom of Chapel Hill, to create “a cosy village pub feel”. It officially opened to customers on Sunday August 9 – just four days before the storm.

It boasts a new layout inside, comfortable seating and four new en-suite rooms for overnight guests.

The smart new garden terrace (40477610)
The smart new garden terrace (40477610)

"If I had a pound for everyone who's walked in and said ‘Wow, it looks so different!’ I’d be a millionaire," said Fay. “Everyone's been really supportive since we launched – people absolutely love the refurb and we’ve had such positive, lovely feedback.”

Outside has benefited from full redecoration too; there is a new terraced area for guests to enjoy al fresco dining while the beer garden has also been smartened up.

Fay said: “I'm so thrilled to have witnessed the transformation here at the Kings Arms. This is an amazing pub that is deeply engrained in the local community. The investment has maximised the outdoor space and we're opening with table service throughout, which enables us to welcome more customers to the pub safely."

Punch’s managing director Andy Spencer said: “With someone like Fay at the helm, we are confident that the Kings Arms will continue to operate at the very heart of the community it serves.”

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