We have traced our Pub history back five generations to 1878 when our ancestors owned and operated The Huxley Brewery Co. and a number of pubs in the area surrounding the small village of Huxley in Cheshire’s northwest England. In 1906, The Huxley Brewery was bought out by rivals forcing one of the sons, our great-great grandfather J.W. Huxley to move south to Guildford as the Head Brewer for Friary, Holroyd and Healy’s Brewery. J.W. was a music lover and in 1922 formed and financed the Friary Guildford Brass Band (still playing today). He married Melissa Bruton and had 11 children but, while details are lost to history, unfortunately 9 died young. Their only surviving daughter, Martha Mary, who also loved music, was swept off her feet by our great grandfather, Frederich Goddard, a traveling singer/performer and consummate ladies man. Their middle child, Martha May, our grandmother, married the love of her life, Arthur Willcocks in 1928.
Arthur is the grandfather of owners Brad, Lyall and Corinne Willcocks. He was a survivor of both Great Wars, life assurance and insurance salesman by profession, Captain of his golf club, Captain of his cricket club, dedicated husband and father, philanthropist, antique collector and gardener. Arthur was a proper English gentleman and a great inspiration to us all.
During a 1988 visit from England, Arthur helped celebrate the Grand Opening of our original Arthur’s Restaurant. We now re-dedicate Arthur’s Pub in his honour hoping that you find it as warm and inviting as Arthur would have wanted it to be – welcoming all to eat, drink and socialize.