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Posted: 05 February 2013
Beachside pub the Zetland Arms, Kingsdown has re-opened following a £90,000 refurbishment by Faversham brewer Shepherd Neame.
The pub closed for refurbishment on 1 December, when former licensee of 35 years Tim Cobbett retired. New licensees, husband and wife team Kerensa and Tom Miller from Sandwich, re-opened its doors on Sunday 27 January.
Says Kerensa, “Tom and I are looking forward to offering a warm welcome to the local community. We are planning to hold music events, themed nights and quizzes to brighten up winter nights but before we confirm details we want to ask the locals what they enjoy. We’re also going to serve tea, coffee and breakfasts to tempt the local walkers.”
Tom’s mother Josie, who has more than 30 years’ experience in catering, will be cooking up a hearty winter menu of stews, soups and pies, as well as traditional favourites like fish and chips. There are also plans for ploughmans, salads and sandwiches, using local fish and seafood, in the summer.
The pub’s refurbishment includes a complete redecoration with heritage-style furnishings in keeping with the pub’s beachside location. A partition wall has been removed to open-up the restaurant area and outside the pub is sporting smart new signage.
Shepherd Neame property and tenanted trade director George Barnes, comments: “Kerensa and Tom’s arrival marks a new chapter for this pub, which is situated right on the beach and enjoys spectacular views of the surrounding cliffs. They are looking forward to welcoming the local community and creating a varied offer that caters for all tastes.”