THE team who came to the rescue of the Legh Arms say it is business as usual as they embark on a major push for Christmas.

Trevor Roberts has taken over as relief manager at the historic drinking spot while the hunt for a landlord continues.

There will also be a sense of continuity in the kitchen as catering firm Cake will continue their two-year partnership with the pub.

As reported in the Guardian, the Legh Arms closed suddenly on October 16 when former landlord Richard Evenden filed for administration.

Lee Atkins, managing director of Cake, said: “ “I was very disappointed as we’ve worked hard and put in a lot of time and effort for it to suddenly come to a halt, especially at this time of the year.

“I don’t like to lose contracts – no-one does – so I was willing to do anything I could to keep it going.”

Pub owner Marstons teamed up with Mitchell’s Pub Management Services, which recruited Trevor to keep things running.

The Legh Arms, on the corner of Brook Street and Legh Road, reopened on November 7, and food was being served again two days later.

Trevor and Lee are working with a team of seven to ensure the pub stays open and are gearing up for the busy festive period.

They are hoping a new landlord will snap it up in early 2013.

“There’s been a lot of interest in the place,” said Trevor.

“Whoever takes it on will be lucky to have it as it’s a business with a lot of potential.

“We’re all pulling together in the meantime.”

Lee said: “It’s a little gem, and is steeped in history. It’s a great place, and was worth fighting for.”

For further details on becoming the licensee at Legh Arms call 08448 483236 or visit The Legh Arms is accepting Christmas bookings, and as a thank you to loyal customers those who book a table for six or more will be invited back for a complimentary meal for two in January (excluding drinks).