Fire-hit pub celebrates re-opening

The Waterford Arms, Seaton Sluice.
The Waterford Arms, Seaton Sluice.

A Seaton Sluice pub which was damaged by fire last September is celebrating its re-opening with a family fun day.

Following the devastating fire, the Waterford Arms was closed until November when the bar reopened.

The restaurant’s kitchen was up and running again just in time for the Christmas festivities.

Now that the Waterford Arms is fully operational, including its B&B rooms, publican Kay Murdy is inviting locals and visitors to join her in celebrating being back in business.

She said: “It’s been a difficult few months but we’ve not let the fire dampen our spirits.

“The main thing is that no one was hurt and, although the fire caused considerable damage, the premises was salvaged and we can now move on, focusing on what we do best – offering a great place for people to enjoy our famous food and warm welcome.

“The free fun-day will give us the opportunity to thank everyone for their support over the last few months and have some fun. We will have a DJ, children’s entertainment, including a balloon modeller and a visit from Elsa, a character from Disney film Frozen.”

The event will run from from 2pm until 5pm on Saturday.

Goody bags will be handed out on the day including money-off vouchers for future visits and we will have one of the refurbished B&B rooms open for people to view. I’m really excited about the event and looking forward to the year ahead in our refurbished premises.”

Commenting on behalf of pub operator, Punch, Rebecca Davies, new business development manager, said: “Kay and her team should be commended on the way they have battled adversity, showing great drive and enthusiasm for getting the Waterford Arms back on its feet. I’m sure the fun day will be a great success bringing the local community together alongside visitors to the area during that weekend. I look forward to continually supporting Kay as she builds on the restaurant’s success going forward.”