The original Kings Arms stood on a plot across Bloom Street from the present pub and was first licensed in 1807. At this time Bloom Street was lined on both sides with houses, shops and beerhouses.
In October 1850 The Kings Arms was advertised to let by the Adelphi Brewery. The new tenant was Thomas Holden and when he was leaving in September 1858, the advertisement stated that the pub had been selling seven barrels of beer a week for seven and a half years.
The original premises pulled down to make way for the building of Salford Corporation's gas offices and the current building was constructed in the 1870s on the opposite side of the street.
For over a century the three main buildings on Bloom Street were the Corporation gas offices, Salford House and The Kings Arms. The gas offices closed long ago and the last residents of the hostel left in the 1990's but happily The Kings Arms is still in business.
A number of clubs have found a base at the Kings Arms. Between 1946 and 1971 it was the regular meeting place of the North of England Irish Terrier Club. Salford Friendly Anglers Society, the world's oldest angling club, has traditionally used the pub as its meeting place. (A sign "Ye Anglers Club House" can still be made out on the brickwork on the gable end of pub.) Since 2007 The Knitting Club has met in the snug every Monday. The Kings has really found its place within the community as a meeting ground for the good people of Salford and Manchester.
In 2006 Jo Byrne and Jon Cooper took over the pub and saw the potential of the upstairs space, creating a floor of artist's studio space and opening up the large upstairs room for gigs and theatre performances.
The Kings Arms has been used as a location for filming for TV productions such as Cracker and most recently Fresh Meat.
In 2011 The Pub lease was taken over by Paul Heaton and Zena Barrie and since then more emphasis has been placed on the pubs artistic endeavors. Regularly accommodating art exhibitions, fringe festivals, gigs, poetry night and all sorts of weird and wonderful types of entertainment.
Lisa took over the helm December 2015, this is the beginning of her journey, she will continue with the pubs artistic vision and build on how the pub can help the local community.
Manchester City Life Pub of the Year 2015
“Britain's most bohemian back-street boozer, the Kings Arms, comprises several artist-maker studios and a top-floor events space which is home to theatre collective, Studio Salford, and also used for left-field music and film events... It is a friendly, unpretentious nucleus of activity, well worth the short walk from Manchester city centre. Even if you just want a pint.”
"This is a real gem, an alco-pop-free zone sitting pretty in the no-man's-land between Manchester and Salford (it's an easy stroll from the City Centre)... In the snug you can join The Knitting Club, whilst the fantastic vaulted room upstairs hosts regular band nights and plays. All told, it's hard to fault this pub - even the jukebox has won awards."
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