Morecambe pub manager's new challenge

A stalwart of the Morecambe pub scene is moving on to pastures new after almost 30 years running a promenade drinking establishment.

Wednesday, 11th July 2018, 5:04 pm
Updated Monday, 16th July 2018, 5:07 pm
L-R Nigel Pearson and Stephanie Jones-Farley who are taking over the Dog and Partridge in Bare Lane, Morecambe, pictured with chef John Pearson.

Nigel Pearson stepped down as manager of The Kings Arms last week, and will take over at The Dog And Partridge in Bare, vowing to bring the pub back up to a high standard and give it some TLC.

Nigel, 52, became manager at The Kings Arms at the age of 21. The father of two said: “My dad Bill Pearson was the manager at the pub before me, and he’d had it about five years. 
I was put on a trial, and when I finally got the job I was the youngest manager for Tetley Walker pubs in the country. I remember we used to to open at 12pm until 3pm, then 7pm until 11pm. Now we open at 10am until sometimes 3am and 4am. A lot of pubs put more emphasis on food when the smoking ban came in.

“The all day drinking culture has changed a lot too.

“A lot of people drink at home early doors before they come out, and closing times have just got later and later.

“There’s a lot of people from my generation, those who find themselves too old for the Kings, that I’m now meeting in the Dog and Partridge.”
Nigel is married to Penny, and the couple have two sons, Ryan, who is a teacher, and Luke, who is training to become a police officer.

He added: “The Dog and Partridge has not been trading too well, and my aim is to put it back where it should be.

“We’ll be creating a bit more of a beer garden, and sorting the food situation out as my brother John, chef at the Kings Arms, will be coming with me.

“I just want to bring it back to a good standard and get the locals back in the pub.

“I’d like to thank all of my customers at The Kings Arms over the years, and hope to see some of them at the Dog and Partridge.”