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The Royal Oak in New Ash Green has celebrated its £80,000 refurbishment with a grand re-opening.
The Shepherd Neame pub, in Chapel Farm Road, has been redecorated inside and out in a smart, modern style.
Chief executive Jonathan Neame and property and tenanted trade director George Barnes joined licensees Kevin Morris and Sonia Pegler and a host of regulars to celebrate the Royal Oak’s new look.
To mark the re-opening, Jonathan Neame presented a cheque for £200 to pub regular Joe MacNeil, in aid of his frequent fundraising efforts for the Kent Air Ambulance which have included running the London Marathon.
The Royal Oak’s refurbishment combines carpeted lounge areas with stylish wooden floors. The range of comfortable furniture includes high backed leather chairs in which customers can watch sport and other events on satellite TV or warm themselves by the feature fireplace.
Licensee Kevin Morris said: “The pub has been refurbished from top to bottom, from the roof tiles to the cellar. This is a great place for families and we are already welcoming many new customers from the local area and further afield.”
The Royal Oak serves traditional pub food, all freshly prepared on the premises, including a popular Sunday roast. Barbecues are held during the spring and summer.
As well as a spacious car park, the pub has a large garden with plenty of seating and a children’s play area.
The Royal Oak is a ‘family local’ serving the rural community of New Ash Green and is also close to the Brands Hatch racing circuit and the London Golf Club.