Family cat inspires traditional pub to launch new venture amid pandemic

A historic pub near Swanage has diversified during the Covid crisis to offer local produce in its newly created delicatessen.

The recently founded Trevor’s Deli is a fresh offering from the King’s Arms pub in Langton Matravers.


Tucked away inside the 350 year old pub, it sells a range of locally produced foods and drinks for customers – ranging from meats and cheeses to teas and coffees.

Trevors Deli
Trevor the cat

Trevor the cat

Trevor’s Deli

Named after the pub’s cat, the deli was formally opened on Saturday 10th October 2020.

With many pubs across the country struggling due to coronavirus restrictions, the King’s Arms decided to branch out with this additional venture to pull in the punters.

The new store serves up treats including a selection of cheeses and pastries – from croissants to scones. Customers can enjoy the food and drinks inside the pub or just take it away.

Since opening, the owners have reported an overwhelmingly positive reaction from members of the public.

“Bring something new to the village”

Ricky Lucas, the pub’s landlord, praised the new initiative. He said:

“It’s really nice to bring something new to the village, another string to our bow. Zoe’s doing an amazing job baking and running our new venture together.”

The King's Arms pub
Trevors Deli

Welcome addition to the village

Just a few doors down from the village post office, the King’s Arms is one of Langton Matravers’ key community hubs.

Zoe Wells, the manager of the deli, said:

“We’ve had a really, really good response from locals and holiday makers. Everyone has just said how much this is needed and it’s perfect for the village.”

She added that the whole idea behind the deli is not to compete with other local stores but to offer additional choice to villagers.

Trevor’s Deli is open six days a week 9 am to 4 pm except on Sundays when it closes at 12 noon. It is closed all day on Wednesdays.

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