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Posted: 03 December 2013
Blog category: News
A local couple with experience working in the casino business have taken on Bexleyheath pub the Prince Albert on the Broadway. Husband and wife Barrie and Claire Houghton have re-opened the pub after a £100,000 refurbishment by brewers Shepherd Neame.
Barrie and Claire, who have lived locally for the last 16 years, are bidding to put the Prince Albert on the map by serving up high quality pub food and offering private dining for large groups in a relaxed, classic pub environment.
Barrie said: “We were looking for a change of direction in our careers and saw the potential for a successful food-led pub business at the Prince Albert. We think that the new-look pub with its outstanding range of ales and lagers and fantastic facilities is just what local businesses and residents have been lacking.”
A chalkboard will tempt pub-goers’ taste buds with a selection of mouth-watering main courses featuring “pork belly with sweet potato and an apple and cinnamon sauce” and Barrie’s favourite “Thai chicken and prawn curry with green beans”, as well as traditional Sunday roasts. The lunch and bar menu includes wraps, sandwiches, jackets and sumptuous salads such as “crispy duck” and “blue cheese and pear”.
The pub is now taking bookings for its Christmas menu and can accommodate large groups of up to 60 or 70 people in the new upstairs function room. Barrie and Claire are looking forward to putting their Casino expertise to use by hiring casino tables for private events and hosting some Casino-themed charity fundraisers as well as live music events.
The pub now also boasts a decking area with outdoor seating for around 30 people.
Shepherd Neame property and tenanted trade director George Barnes says, “Barrie and Claire have used their local knowledge and expertise to create an imaginative food and entertainment offer which will appeal to Bexleyheath pub-goers. The pub is already gaining a reputation as a high-quality, welcoming town pub.”
For more information visit their website.