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The King's Arms Is Up For Sale. Sort Of.

We'll sell if the price is right, say owners

Written by . Published on September 23rd 2011.

The King's Arms Is Up For Sale. Sort Of.

THE Salford pub featured in new Channel 4 sitcom 'Fresh Meat' is up for grabs - for the right offer.

Jo Byrne, who has owned The King's Arms on Bloom Street for seven years, said although there's no sign in the window, she'd consider selling the pub.

"The pub looked good but I didn't watch it for long because it was crap." 

"I haven't listed it anywhere, but if someone came up with the right money, I'd take it," she said."The price would have to be high enough, that's all I can say."

In the first episode of 'Fresh Meat', which aired on Wednesday night, a group of freshers were thrown together in a Manchester house-share, and then moved on to a pub - a transformed King's Arms - where they continued getting to know each other.  

"I'm surprised by how it turned out on camera," she said, recalling the heavy smoke that filled the room during filming. "It just looked a bit hazy on the TV."  

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Byrne wasn't a massive fan of the show though. "I was watching something else and switched over. The pub looked good but I didn't watch it for long because it was crap."

But Byrne isn't hoping for much help from the show to highlight the pub's best points. "After the shoot, they left the scripts lying around. It said the pub had rubbish beer, so it probably won't be a very good advertisement.  

'Fresh Meat', which is written by Peep Show creators Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, and stars Jack Whitehall and Joe Thomas, has received a majority of positive reviews from critics and fans, however.

The show was also shot in The Sharp Project in Newton Heath, where one corner of the facility was transformed into a version of Didsbury.

"It helped to pay some bills, which is why I did it," she said. "Not for the pub to be on television."

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IzzySeptember 23rd 2011.

Bit of a non-story really. I'm sure most people business owners (myself included) would consider selling up if someone came along, out of the blue with the 'right offer'. Ah well, it's Friday afternoon.....

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