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History – A Harrison Pub
The pub known as the Queens Arms was taken over by the Harrison Family in 1976. Run down and in need of repair, Geoff & Celia Harrison’s vision was to create a welcoming local pub for customers of different tastes. Changing the name to The Blue Mugge it was to take two years, with much help from family, friends and customers to transform the pub – Geoff boasting he never shut once!
The result of Geoff & Celia’s efforts was a unusual, quirky pub of five themed rooms with a central round bar. Geoff spent many hours searching all over the country to get exactly the new fittings he wanted for the interior including very elaborate Victoriana for the ‘Queen Victoria’ room and interesting Churchill memorabilia including three large portraits (one from a Pinewood Film ‘The Man Who Never Was’) - for the ‘Churchill Room’.
In 1984 Geoff & Celia’s son Paul came to work at the pub, inheriting the business in 1988. Paul, now the longest serving Landlord in the town, & his wife Shelley run the pub in the ‘old fashioned way’ they were taught – welcoming and ever-present! During their time, while they have made a few changes including extending the pub and creating a good lunchtime food menu, they have preserved the unusual quirkiness adding to the memorabilia over the years.
Why the name?
While renovating Geoff came across an unusual ‘blue mugge’ in the attic and asked one of his older customers if he knew anything about it. He was told that the small round room was once a men only room by invitation only. Once invited prospective members had to buy all the other members a pint to be admitted to the closed group. If the invited man agreed to this expensive condition he was admitted to only then find out that he was required to buy a Blue Mugge sized measure, which was actually only a third of pint. The object of this exercise was to assess a prospective members character. On hearing this interesting story Geoff decided there were many Queens Arms up and down the country but only one Blue Mugge!
Early History – Jake will complete this section next week when I get the deeds back for the pub
The plot of land on the corner of Osborne Street was sold by Andrew Jukes Worthington in 1867 to a Sarah Tomkinson of Ipstones to build three dwellings, the corner plot with cellars to be an alehouse to service the local Mill community.
A quick look around our traditional Staffordshire pub though photos.
Berry Fizz / 13
Bourbon Mule / 9
Wesley's Old Fashioned / 14
Mint Julep / 11
Sit Down Manhattan / 14
Ginger Breeze / 13
Whiskey Sour / 14
Habanero Blackberry Shaker / 15
With the advent of COVID regulations, we are offering table reservations for food and drinks. Simply use the form below or give us a call on 01538 384450