Blog en New Start for Kent Coastal Bar and Restaurant <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>03 August 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a></p><div>Not many bars come with their own ice cream kiosk. It is just one of the unique features of <a href="">The Minnis Bay Bar &amp; Brasserie</a> which attracted new general manager Daniel Cole.</div> <div> </div> <div><img alt="" class="left" src="" />Daniel, 29, from Whitstable, has just started running the coastal site for Shepherd Neame, after the Faversham-based brewery acquired it at the start of July.</div> <div> </div> <div>The former Whitstable Community College pupil said: “Minnis Bay has very special memories for me, as I used to come here on holiday with my family, so I was thrilled when the opportunity to manage The Minnis Bar arose. I never dreamed I would be running an ice-cream kiosk too - it has been great during the warm weather to pop over for a 99!”</div> <div> </div> <div>Daniel has taken on 12 new staff since starting at the bar, including two new assistant managers, two new chefs and eight front-of-house staff.  It is open every day and evening, serving freshly ground coffee and a selection of other hot drinks, along with Shepherd Neame’s renowned Kentish ales, a wide range of international lagers and an excellent list of carefully sourced wines from family-owned vineyards. It serves a varied menu of light bites and traditional pub classics every day from 12 noon to 9pm. All dishes are cooked onsite, using locally sourced produce, including fish from <a href="" target="_blank">Griggs of Hythe</a>, meat from <a href="" target="_blank">J.C.Rook and Sons</a> in Ramsgate, and vegetables from <a href="" target="_blank">RJ Kingsland &amp; Son</a> of Maidstone.</div> <div> </div> <div><img alt="" class="right" src="" />Customers can relax in the comfortable surroundings of the stylish restaurant, or when the weather is fine, dine alfresco on the terrace and large garden area boasting panoramic views across Minnis Bay. There is also a first-floor function room with sea views which can cater for up to 50 people.</div> <div> </div> <div>Running The Minnis Bay Bar &amp; Brasserie is Daniel’s first experience as a general manager, although he has worked in the industry for 15 years. He said: “I started out as a waiter at Little Chef while at school, and left during my second year of A Levels to take on a full-time role, as I didn’t enjoy academic studies, I preferred being hands-on. I’m a real foodie and I’m also a people person, so the hospitality industry suited me perfectly. I love working as part of a team and get real satisfaction from creating a fantastic experience for customers.”</div> <div> </div> <div>Daniel worked his way up to become the Little Chef manager over five years, and then went on to work in management roles at the Falstaff Hotel in Canterbury, the Best Western in Maidstone and Hadlow Manor Hotel in Tonbridge, before joining Shepherd Neame two years ago. He worked as a trainee general manager at the Botany Bay Hotel in Kingsgate, The Royal in Deal, The Marine in Whitstable, and the Royal Wells in Tunbridge Wells, before being appointed general manager at The Minnis.</div> <div> </div> <div>Daniel said: “It is really exciting to finally be appointed general manager, particularly at such an amazing site. The Minnis Bay Bar &amp; Brasserie is in a truly unique location with breathtaking views, and it has real potential. We have a fantastic team and I’m confident that we can continue to build on the site’s success.”</div><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src=""></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-music-festival-raises-more-3500-charity">Pub Music Festival Raises More Than £3,500 For Charity <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="New Start for Kent Coastal Bar and Restaurant" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 09:46:53 +0000 james.purcell 76026 at