New Look Village Pub Unveiled to Locals

Posted: 17 April 2014

Blog category: News, Pubs

Dozens of guests flocked to the official launch party for the new look Rose and Crown in Wrotham.
Licensees Zoe Clubb and Drew King invited their regular customers, along with local dignitaries and residents to see the results of the pub’s £75,000 facelift.
The charming Shepherd Neame pub, situated in the heart of the village, underwent three weeks of refurbishment work, which included repainting its interior in contemporary colours, with some areas of brickwork exposed to create a more rustic feel.
Previously one big open space, a rear dining area was screened off to create a more intimate environment, all the furniture has been re-upholstered, and vintage pictures of local scenes now adorn the walls.
The pub’s exterior has enjoyed a revamp, with a refurbished outside seating area, new pergola and hand-painted signage.
A herb garden has also been created, used by accomplished chef Drew as a source of fresh ingredients for the new menu he has introduced at the pub.
Using only the finest locally sourced, seasonal produce, he offers classic British cuisine with a contemporary twist, such as Spitfire ale battered haddock and hand cut chips, along with á la carte dishes including pan fried gilt head sea bream, and pear poached in honey and star anise with cashel blue cheese and walnuts.
At its official opening on Monday, April 14, the first pint was pulled by local resident and pub regular David Casper.
Other special guests included members of the Hartley Morris Men, who describe the pub as their ‘spiritual home’, and had their own special corner created as part of the refurbishment, featuring morris dancing memorabilia.
Squire Terry Heaslip said: “We have been based at the Rose and Crown since 1977, and we are very proud that our group has been recognised in this way. They have done a magnificent job.”
Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame also attended the launch event, and to mark the occasion presented a cheque for £500 to the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust.
Drew said: “Zoe and I have been at the pub for just over a year, and during that time we feel like we have really settled into the community. Our customers aren’t locals anymore, they are friends.
“They have been a great support, particularly during the revamp, and this party was a great way of saying thank you.
“We are really pleased with the refurbishment, and very excited about our future here.”
Property and tenanted trade director George Barnes said: “The Rose and Crown is an historic pub, and our aim was to give it a contemporary look while retaining its character and atmosphere, and we are very pleased with the results.
“Zoe and Drew are a talented, hard-working couple, and I am confident that they will continue to build upon the pub’s success.”