Chris and Lynn Benson first moved into the Queens Arms pub in Eccles back in 1993 after being approached by a friend to take over. Without any hesitation, the beloved couple saw potential in the Grade II listed building and have been honing their craft ever since.
Their daughter, Karen Benson, who was 18 years old at the time her parents took over, has supported Chris and Lynn throughout the last three decades and describes her parent’s pub as traditional with a community feel.
Karen said: “The Queens Arms is a very special place, it’s got great history, and no matter whether you’re a regular or new customer, you will always feel welcomed.
“My dad is a traditional landlord. He’s behind the bar every night, even now at 76-years-old he will open up every evening dressed in his smart trousers, shirt and jumper, and he’s got no desire to give up on it.
“I remember during Covid when the pub shut temporarily, Dad turned to me and said: ‘If this is retirement, then you can forget it’ The pub is what keeps them both going; they love the interaction, and they love to meet new people.”
Nestled amongst an industrial park in the town of Eccles, the Queens Arms is factually known as the Oldest Passenger Railway Pub in the World and has a wealth of history; allegedly once visited by the late Queen Victoria herself. The traditional bar also boasts enormous character and has all of the distinctive traits you would associate with the great British pub.
“Some customers have been visiting for 50 years,” Karen said, “Those customers know exactly where they’re sitting, they know exactly what to expect, and they love the environment my mum and dad have built. That’s how pubs should be, it’s got that community feel.
“It’s not the busiest pub in town, but you can guarantee to have a good time, and you’re certain to feel welcome.”
Chris and Lynn celebrated 30 years at The Queens Arms on the 28th of June, they kept their celebration lowkey but quietly enjoyed their anniversary with their family and locals and, inevitably, a great pint of beer.