The Falstaff in King Street is reopening after a short closure following the departure of Adrian Davies. Adrian was forced out by the pub company who saw that he had built up the trade from a very low starting point. The previous licensees had run the pub into the ground, despite it being a very successful operation when Gail Heyes (now at the Guest House) had left it a few years earlier. I don't know why Adrian, the licensee with the highest profile in Southport, was made to leave, but pub companies move in mysterious ways.
The new licensee is Mick Kershaw, who also runs the Ring O' Bells in Lathom and the Martin Inn in Burscough. This seems to be another example of the increasing trend for licensees to run more than one pub. The Falstaff reopens on Monday 21st (tomorrow) with an Elvis-themed night. I might pop in for a while to check what beers are on before moving on to the music session in the Guest House in Union Street.