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An historic Shepherd Neame pub is attracting an array of new fans following its refurbishment by introducing accommodation and home-cooked food.
The William Caxton, at the end of Tenterden High Street, has received a new lease of life since licensee Debbie Fleet (pictured) took over in December last year.
Debbie, a first time licensee, has ensured that the pub – named after the 15th century printer who is said to have been born in the Cinque Port town – is firmly back in the heart of the community after it closed for six months while it was refurbished and Shepherd Neame sought new tenants.
Debbie said: “We have had a lot of interest in the pub. People just love it. And Shepherd Neame has been fantastic, really supportive.”
That support includes matching Debbie’s investment of £20,000 to provide bed and breakfast accommodation, which will soon be available.
Debbie said: “We are providing three rooms, one a luxury suite with a Jacuzzi bath. We have taken our first booking already!”
This innovative move follows Debbie’s introduction of food, served lunchtimes and evenings and all day Saturday.
“We serve traditional pub food,” said Debbie. “Everything is cooked here and locally sourced where possible.”
She added: “I want the William Caxton to be somewhere where people feel at home as soon as they come through the door.”
Only 20 minutes from Ashford and its high-speed rail link, the William Caxton’s forthcoming accommodation will make it an ideal base from which to enjoy London.
The William Caxton can be contacted on 01580 764417.