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Posted: 13 October 2012
Blog category: Pubs
Community pub The Nailbox, Shorncliffe, Folkestone has re-opened after a four-week, £120,000 transformation by brewers Shepherd Neame.
Licensees Mick Wilson and Natalie Martin took over the pub in April. Speaking about the refurbishment, Mick said: “The Nailbox is a community pub, which welcomes everyone. We now have an open bar area mixing the traditional and the modern, which accommodates both our pool and darts players and those who just want a quiet drink. Everyone’s reaction so far has been very positive.”
A partition wall, which divided the pub into two bars, has been removed along with a window and entrance lobby to further improve the bar space. A feature fireplace is now visible throughout the bar and fixed seating ‘snugs’ have created quiet drinking areas away from the pool table, dart board and TV.
Outside, the redecoration includes a new colour scheme and signage, as well as improvements to the car park and large garden, which have revitalised the exterior of the pub.
Shepherd Neame property and tenanted trade director George Barnes, comments: “A great example of a community pub, the Nailbox attracts a broad range of customers. The refurbishment provides an improved bar space for all.”
First built in 1867 as the Shorncliffe Arms, the pub stands opposite Folkestone West station and was renamed the Railway Hotel in 1887. It quickly became the last watering hole for many soldiers billeted in nearby barracks before they boarded trains for overseas missions.
The pub was unofficially known as the Nailbox for many years because of a nearby woodworking shop. Employees there said they were going to ‘fetch something from the nailbox’ - a euphemism for nipping out for a swift glass of beer! The nickname was recognised in 1971 when the pub was renamed.
As well as darts and pool competitions, the pub organises karaoke.