Pub of the Week: The New Inn, Murston

Posted: 20 May 2014

Blog category: Pub of the Week

New licensees have moved into the New Inn at Murston, near Sittingbourne, and plan to introduce food for the first time, along with live music and entertainment. Sam Drury and Keiron Parrish both have extensive experience in the pub trade, and after years working in other industries, decided it was time to fulfil their dream of running a pub together.

Mum-of-three Sam, 43, said: “I was working as an estate agent, and Keiron was working as a machine technician, and we both wanted to do something together which we felt passionate about. “I have worked in pubs off and on since leaving school, and Keiron grew up in the pub trade, as his Dad ran pubs all over Kent and Surrey. Keiron also managed a country pub in the Elham Valley near Canterbury for several years, so has lots of experience.” 

The couple, who were living in Ashford, looked at a variety of pubs around the county, before choosing the traditional Shepherd Neame local.

Father-of-two Keiron, 38, said: “Neither of us had visited Murston before, or remotely knew the area, but the first time we walked into the pub, we loved it. It had a really family friendly, community feel, and a great garden. “When we heard that Shepherd Neame would be refurbishing the pub’s interior and exterior, the decision was made.”

The pub doesn’t currently serve food, but Sam and Keiron will offer a selection of sandwiches, paninis and light basket meals after the refurbishment is completed. They also plan to introduce regular live music nights and discos, as a state-of-the-art PA system is being installed as part of the refit. Sam said: “We were a bit apprehensive before opening, as it was a big change for us both, but we are really enjoying it. There is nothing better than being your own boss. 

“The locals have been really welcoming and our aim is to put the New Inn at the heart of community life.”

Forthcoming events:
Monday, May 26: Bank Holiday celebration, including a barbecue in the garden from 1pm.