Anchors Away for New Managers Serving Coffee and Cake at Faversham Pub

Posted: 30 October 2012

Blog category: Pubs, News

After a £70,000 matched investment refurbishment by brewers Shepherd Neame and new licensee Andy Martin, The Anchor in Abbey Street is now set to offer an additional service to the Faversham community.
 
Under the management of husband and wife team Grant and Natalie Ravenscroft, a South-African and French couple with eighteen years’ experience in the hospitality industry, the pub’s new general store will open daily from 8am serving coffee and cake and tea and toast, as well as the more usual pub fare, available all day from midday until 9pm.
 
Says Grant, “What we’re offering is an opportunity to come and breakfast in relaxed surroundings, meet friends for a coffee and a superb, locally-made cake or simply browse our general store.  Customers will be able to enter the coffee shop area via a separate entrance and there will be a range of luxury produce such as jams and chutneys for sale.”
 
Licensee Andy, 39, who is in banking and investment and lives and runs a farm in Hernhill, adds: “The Anchor is a wonderfully characterful community pub, the essence of which our renovation works have sought to preserve, while making the interior of the pub brighter and fresher. 
“Our restaurant menu will be 50 to 60 per cent fish-based, with meat dishes sourced from my own farm. The coffee shop is intended to meet the needs of diverse locals, from walkers to mums.”
 
The Anchor will also play host to the local theatre group and a collective of local artists, whose work will be displayed in the pub.
 
Shepherd Neame property and tenanted trade director George Barnes, comments:  “It’s great to see a traditional pub like The Anchor diversifying to offer something new, which really serves its local community.”