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Posted: 27 January 2012
Blog category: News
The Imperial, Southborough, has new licensees and an attractive new look following a £125,000 refurbishment by Shepherd Neame.
Originally built in the Victorian era, the pub, in London Road, has been transformed from top to bottom with an interior combining contemporary design and materials with comfortable and stylish furnishings.
The Imperial’s new interior includes a glass lobby, a chandelier of wine bottles, an open fireplace with feature mirrors above it, a modern bar and a traditional games area. The pub’s first-floor function room has been redecorated to bring out its period detail. It accommodates up to 40 people and can be hired for meetings, private parties and events. Outside there is a pleasant enclosed garden with seating and tables which has been attractively landscaped.
The new-look Imperial is already proving a hit with local people, says licensee Declan Agnew.
“We have been delighted with the response from customers and a number of community groups have already shown interest in using our function room,” he said.
This is Declan’s first pub venture following a 20-year career in the City but his partner, former teacher Caroline Webb, has many years of experience in the trade.
The pair have created a friendly, relaxed atmosphere that appeals to all ages and they plan to begin serving food sometime in the spring. The pub will also host live music.
Open from 11am to 11pm every weekday, with extensions at the weekend, the pub offers Shepherd Neame cask ales, including seasonal and event beers.
Situated on the outskirts of the historic spa town of Tunbridge Wells, The Imperial dates from the Victorian era and its name derives from the Imperial crown, as pictured on the pub sign, worn by the monarch at the coronation ceremony.