• Councillor Swaps the Housing Market for a Public House

    18 March 2016

    After more than 25 years as an estate agent, a district councillor has embarked on a new venture: running his local pub, the White Horse in Hawkinge. Cllr Philip Martin grew up in Folkestone, and has lived in Hawkinge for the past 10 years, overseeing his estate agency business House Martins.

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  • Surprise Send-Off For Kent Pub Licensee Retiring After 30 Years

    16 March 2016

    After three decades behind the bar at the Griffin’s Head in Chillenden, licensee Jerry Copestake and wife Karen retired this week. More than 500 customers and former staff flocked to the historic Shepherd Neame pub for a surprise send-off party.

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  • Community Pub Launches 100% Gluten Free Menu

    15 March 2016

    The Duke of Edinburgh in Barming near Maidstone has introduced a 100% gluten-free menu.  The traditional Shepherd Neame pub, which dates back to 1868, didn’t previously serve food, but following its £130,000 refurbishment at the end of last year, licensee Adam Phillips decided it was a good time to expand the offer. 

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  • Fresh New Start for Historic City Pub

    11 March 2016

    A new manager has been appointed at historic 16th century pub the Bishops Finger in Canterbury. Originally from Wales, Joe Palombella discovered his passion for the hospitality industry while working at a pub part-time as a student in Liverpool. Joe, 28, said: “I was studying building surveying at Liverpool John Moores, but I found that I really enjoyed the atmosphere and variety of working in the

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  • Pub of the Week: The Parrot, Canterbury

    09 March 2016

    As well as being one of the oldest pubs in Canterbury, The Parrot is also housed in one of the oldest buildings in the city. Built on Roman foundations and dating back to the 14th Century, this grade II listed pub has a charming period exterior with plenty of original features inside - oak beams, panelled walls, old brickwork and fine examples of medieval craftsmanship in the upstairs restaurant.

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