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Posted: 03 May 2014
Dozens of guests attended an official launch party for the new look Chimney Boy pub in Faversham.
Nicola McCullagh and Michael Payne have recently become licensees of the historic Shepherd Neame pub, which has enjoyed a £170,000 makeover funded by the brewery.
Its interior has been repainted throughout in contemporary colours, with care taken to preserve the large pub’s many original features, including oak beams and three inglenook fireplaces. The largest prompted the pub’s name, as it has steps inside which the chimney sweep’s boy used to climb.
The pub’s exterior has been repainted, with new signage, and the courtyard seating area and car park spruced up.
Its first floor function room, which can hold up to 100 people and has its own bar, has also enjoyed a stylish makeover, including feature wallpaper.
Local dignitaries and residents were invited to the official opening event on Wednesday, April 30, and pub regular Bob Stanley was chosen to pull the first pint.
Other special guests included Faversham mayor Cllr David Simmons. He said: “I’m very impressed by Shepherd Neame’s transformation of the Chimney Boy, a beautiful old building which now boasts a contemporary look, and is a real asset for the town.”
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.
Licensee Nicola McCullagh said: “We are really pleased with the results of the refurbishment project, and very excited about our new venture. Our aim is to play a significant role in town life, so it was great to see so many local dignitaries and residents come out to support us at the launch.”
Property and tenanted trade director George Barnes said: “The Chimney Boy has a great location, right in the heart of Faversham, and now it has a great look, following this refurbishment project. We are confident that with Michael and Nicola at the helm, the pub will prove to be a huge success.”