Ulverston’s Kings Arms teams up with Bea Grice to launch Thai menu

A PUB has partnered with the chef behind a wildly popular Thai restaurant that closed last year.

Bea Grice was ‘shocked’ after finding out last year that she would have to end operations at the Ulverston restaurant – Bea’s Thai – which she ran for eight years.

Undaunted to pursue her renowned cuisine, she approached the managers of the Kings Arms in Ulverston, Claire Farrell and Dylan Revell, to join the team as second chef.

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Claire and Dylan, who took over the tavern in 2019, decided to take a collaborative approach with Bea and began hosting a weekly Thai night to showcase some of her cooking.

Bea’s well-established clientele flocked to the King Street pub every Tuesday to sample some of her dishes.

After noticing a demand to run Thai nights on more than one day a week, pub bosses decided to expand the full Thai menu to five days.

Claire said: “Bea came to us a year ago as second chef and a month later we offered her Tuesdays to do her Thai night which was a real hit.

“What we found is that Tuesdays aren’t that popular for people, so we thought it would be a no-brainer to do it all week.”

The pub will continue to offer its range of traditional British classics as well as a full Thai menu.

“Bea is really happy about it,” Claire said.

“It’s what she loves to do and it’s nice that we can work together in this business.

“She really enjoys working here and it’s a nice and spacious place. She wants to do what she is passionate about, which is Thai cooking.

“It’s good for her to be back. There’s no other Thai restaurant in Ulverston so for her to do what she was doing in her own business is brilliant.

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Claire described the partnership as a “total collaborative approach” that works for the whole team.

She said: “Since day one, Bea’s food has always been popular, everyone loves it.

“It’s a total collaborative approach that works for both of us. I’ve never worked with someone I respect so much. She’s so hardworking and a great person to work with

“People can have a choice of Thai or British food – it’s good to have better choices, and the businesses will complement each other.”

The Thai menu will run from Tuesday to Saturday in midday and evening service, from May 24.

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