Chorlton's Famous Trevor Arms is under new management and is set for a serious makeover following investment from owners Spirit Pubs.
The new manager is Matt Jones who moved from another Spirit Pub, The Vic in Lytham St Annes in the first week in September. He wasted no time making changes at the pub, immediately increasing the range to a permanent three cask ales. A leaky handpump prevented this from being four ales, but this should be fixed before too long.
When T&H CAMRA called last week, the regular Jennings Cumberland was on the bar while Phoenix Arizona had gone off minutes earlier. The third pump was taken by Harviestoun's excellent Bitter & Twisted which was in good form. Matt told us that while it was early days for him at The Trevor, he generally likes to rotate ales every few weeks to keep things fresh.
Late October or early November will see the pub close for a major refurbishment which will see it move into Spirit's new Quality Pubs division which aims to give a less "chain" feel than their other brands such as John Barras and Chef & Brewer. Details of the refurbishment were still being finalised, but plans have been submitted to move the pub's kitchens into the space currently occupied by the gent's with new male & female toilets installed upstairs (along with a new disabled toilet on the ground floor).
The biggest change to the pub will be the removal of the dividing wall between the lounge and bar - a move which will certainly alienate a percentage of their clientele who like the traditional distinct areas. There will be more of an emphasis on food, but concerns in the local community that the pub will go "gastro" appear unfounded. Of course, Opening Times will report back after the refurbishment.
Finally, the Trevor has become the fourth Chorlton pub (joining Lloyds, Mono & The Font) to offer a discount on real ale to CAMRA members. Your CAMRA membership card will entitle you to 10% off your pint.