Thanet takes pride in Shepherd Neame hotel

Posted: 06 May 2011

Blog category: News, Pubs

The Seaview Hotel in Birchington, Kent, has won a Town Pride Commendation from the Margate Civic Society.

The newly refurbished Shepherd Neame pub and hotel has been recognised for its contribution to the area’s historic and architecturally impressive environment in this year’s Town Pride Awards.
Licensees Steve and Kim Morgan received their framed commendation at a ceremony held at the Walpole Bay Hotel in Cliftonville, before returning to the Seaview Hotel where Steve immediately put the commendation up behind the bar.

He said: “We are over the moon. I don’t know how many pubs receive civic awards but it can’t be many.”
Dating from the turn of the 19th century, the Seaview Hotel recently benefited from an £80,000 refurbishment to its bar and exterior. There are plans to extend its accommodation, which currently comprises four double rooms.

The Seaview Hotel offers a wide range of cask ales while the menu draws on locally sourced food. There is also a function room, an outdoor area and a real fire to help ward off the chill of the winter months.

Shepherd Neame surveyor Ben White said: “The aim of the project was to make the Seaview Hotel the finest pub in Birchington and to ensure that Steve and Kim are given the greatest chance of turning this once failing pub into an establishment of which the town can be proud.
“The ethos of the refurbishment was to enhance the existing features of the pub and where necessary to make sympathetic and tasteful improvements.”