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It’s toodle-pip to the pink pub in Tring after more than three decades

John and Vicki Francis say farewell to The King's Arms in Tring after 33 years behind the bar. New landlord Rob Muirhead, centre, is taking over the mantle

John and Vicki Francis say farewell to The King's Arms in Tring after 33 years behind the bar. New landlord Rob Muirhead, centre, is taking over the mantle

Long-serving mine hosts are retiring from their beloved pub after 33 years behind the bar this week.

John Francis and Vicki North first opened the King’s Arms in Tring – affectionately known as the Pink Pub – in June 1981 and have since become well-loved faces in the community.

John, 64, said: “Of course it’s a wrench to give it up, but we’re looking forward to experiencing life on the other side of the bar.”

The pair – who will remain living in Tring – threw a farewell bash for friends, family and punters, where John said there was a lot of old faces and even tears from some of the regulars.

He’s happy to leave the pub on King Street in the safe hands of new owner Rob Muirhead, who some may recognise from behind the bar at Pendley Court Theatre.

He said: “Of all the people that came forward and wanted to buy it, I’m happy that I sold it to him. I know he’s going to keep the same sort of values and run it in much the same way.

“Our main principles of good beer and good conversation seems to have been a successful recipe for all these years.”

John and Vicki will be using their new-found time to travel – something they couldn’t do much of before with the commitment of the pub – and plan to start by revisiting India in February

New landlord Rob said: “John and Vicki created a unique pub at the heart of Tring, and regulars will be pleased to hear that I have no plans to make any major changes, other than opening earlier in the evening and staying open all day at the weekend.”

 

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