An historic 15th century pub and hotel has reopened following a £100,000 refurbishment.
Work on the Ship Hotel, located in the High Street, New Romney, took five weeks to complete and involved a full refurbishment of the bar area and redecoration of the patio.
A new snug area was created where the cellar was formerly located, with the cellar itself being repositioned in a former out building that once housed a barn.
Pub licensees Katrina and Toby Strickett also oversaw a refurbishment of the hotel’s accommodation, which comprises ten en suite rooms.
Nigel Bunting, Director of Retail and Tenanted Operations, said: “We are delighted that this wonderful old venue has been given a new lease of life. It has been an historic part of New Romney life for hundreds of years and we feel sure that it will continue to be so for many to come.
“The standard of the refurbishment is top class and Katrina and Toby have done an excellent job in overseeing the updating of the rooms.
“Our aim at Shepherd Neame is to run great pubs and I’m sure the refurbished Ship Hotel will continue to offer an excellent service to diners, drinkers and those choosing to stay.”
The Ship, which has been Grade II Listed since 1951, has traded at its High Street site since the 15th century and the original structure was built largely from recovered ship’s timbers.
It underwent extensive rebuilding in the mid-17th century, much of which survives today, and during the 18th century was an important coaching stop on the Rye to Dover route.
To find out more and book, visit the pub's website.