Shepherd Neame pub the Walnut Tree in East Farleigh near Maidstone has reopened with a fresh new look and familiar faces behind the bar.
The quaint country pub has been taken on by Jason and Debbie Tharp, who have run The George Inn in the nearby village of Leeds, also owned by Shepherd Neame, for the past five years.
It has been closed for three months while a £100,000 programme of refurbishment was undertaken, jointly funded by Shepherd Neame and the licensees. Work included opening up an entrance at the rear, full external and internal redecoration, installing a new kitchen, and new furniture, décor and lighting throughout.
The historic pub dates back to 1528, and the refurbishment was careful to retain original features including authentic oak beams and a large inglenook fireplace. Outside in the garden, the eponymous walnut tree continues to stand proud.
“We love running The George Inn, and wanted to take on another challenge. When we found out that The Walnut Tree was available, it seemed the perfect opportunity. It is very similar to The George Inn, as it is a very traditional pub in a beautiful setting, with a friendly, warm atmosphere.”
Jason and Debbie have introduced a new menu of traditional pub classics including Pie of the Day, Homemade Beer Battered Cod and Chips and the House Burger, along with a selection of delicious snacks. They are keen to ensure the pub is family friendly, so there is also a Children’s Menu, offering a main meal and dessert for £7.50.
The pub is open from 11.30am to 11pm Monday to Saturday, and 12 noon to 10.30pm on Sunday. Food is served from 12 noon to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm, Monday to Friday, from 12 noon to 9pm on Saturday and 12 noon to 6pm on Sunday.
“We have received a great reaction to the pub’s new look from the local community and have already taken lots of Christmas bookings, so things are getting off to a great start!”
To book or for more information visit the pub's website or call 01622 298713.