Long-Serving Licensee of Kingsdown Pub Set to Retire

Posted: 28 November 2012

Blog category: Pubs

After a remarkable 35 years as licensee of beachside pub The Zetland Arms, Kingsdown near Deal, Tim Cobbett, 72, is retiring for a well-earned rest.  His last day at the pub will be Saturday 1 December.
Says Tim, “The Zetland Arms enjoys a wonderful position with Kingsdown and Walmer beaches on its doorstep.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my time there and will miss it a great deal but it’s time to call it a day and have a rest.”
When asked what was the key to his business longevity, he added, “My advice to others running a business in these challenging economic times would be to work hard, be there as much as possible and play to your strengths.  At the pub, we’ve always taken advantage of our enviable seaside location by serving high-quality local seafood and fish in the restaurant and catering for holidaymakers, beach-goers and walkers.”
Kent brewers Shepherd Neame are planning to close the pub from Monday 3 December for several weeks to complete a £90,000 refurbishment.  Meanwhile, the search is on to find a new licensee to take on the pub.
Shepherd Neame property and tenanted trade director George Barnes, comments:  “Tim’s contribution to the pub and the local community over so many years has been remarkable and we wish him a happy and restful retirement.”
For more information on the tenancy at the Zetland Arms, contact Linda Reece at Shepherd Neame, tel: 01795 542132.