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Posted: 03 September 2013
An Ashford pub, the Kings Head in Shadoxhurst village, has been given a £60,000 refurbishment by brewers Shepherd Neame to extend the bar and expand the kitchen to keep up with customer demands for its tasty gastro-pub dishes.
The bar has been extended to provide a larger drinking and eating area by incorporating the old barn, which was previously used as storage space. The pub now also has a larger cellar to supply the additional beer lines which have been fitted.
Run by longstanding licensees of 11 years Ian and Julie Clark, who won the brewery’s Pub Food of the Year award in 2009, the pub has built-up an excellent reputation for food. Customers can choose from scrumptious Sunday Roasts, hearty steaks, fish and chips and a variety of pies, as well as lighter bites of pasta, pizza, salads and sandwiches incorporating the pubs home-grown vegetables, salad and herbs.
Food is served Tuesday to Saturday from 12-2pm and from 6pm until closing and on Sundays from noon until 3.30pm. (The pub re-opens from 6pm on Sunday without food and is closed on Mondays.)
Says licensee Julie, “We’re delighted with the new look. By bringing the old barn into use we’ve gained some bar space with six new beer lines. This means we’ll be able to host mini beer festivals and it will give us greater flexibility to offer seasonal brews. We’re looking forward to hosting another beer and food event with the brewery at the end of October.”
As part of the refurbishment, the large garden has been further extended to include a children’s play area. The pub also has a car park.
Shepherd Neame property and tenanted trade director George Barnes says, “The Kings Head is a pub set in part in a sixteenth century building which exudes period charm in the pretty village of Shadoxhurst. With its modern facilities and excellent reputation for good food, it is a real asset to both the local community and visitors enjoying the surrounding woodland walks and countryside rambles.”