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A Herne Bay pub has returned to its maritime roots thanks to a refurbishment by brewers Shepherd Neame.
The Divers Arms boasts a new look – one that reflects its nautical heritage and proximity to the sea.
Visitors are now greeted by the sea-blue exterior before passing into the welcoming bar with its wood paneled ceiling and walls, hawser-decorated bar and with plenty of maritime artefacts on view, many of them of local origin.
The £70,000 refurbishment returns the historic pub – allegedly built on the bounty of a 19th century diver – to its seafaring past as a homely and welcoming fisherman’s real ale house.
The distinctive memorabilia on show includes an antique brass diver’s helmet, weighted diver’s shoes and the antiquated but vital oxygen pump supply system. A ship’s capstan has been transformed into a table and several cork life-belts decorate the pub.
Shepherd Neame has also restored the pub’s attractive wall niches depicting maritime scenes.
A smoking gazebo has been added outside.
As well as the nautical theme, Shepherd Neame’s own heritage is also represented by historic beer labels and bottles.
Shepherd Neame’s property and tenanted trade director, George Barnes said: “Visitors to the Divers Arms will find much to interest them thanks to its extensive maritime memorabilia. The pub has returned to its community roots, reflecting Herne Bay’s association with the sea and the warm welcome typical of such a hospitable seaside inn.”