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Pub named best in Kent for third time

From left, Ellie Hayward, landlord David Davenport and bar manager Sharon Hayward. Last year the pub won five categories in the Worth a Butchers competition

14 September 2017

A bar is officially one of the top 16 in the country after its atmosphere, style and service impressed judges.

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Dickens mansion cuts sale price by £2m

Bleak House in Broadstairs

12 September 2017

A Grade II listed mansion where Charles Dickens wrote David Copperfield has knocked £2 million off its sale price after failing to find a buyer.

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Jobs fair to offer 2,100 roles

More than 5,000 people have attended the Bluewater jobs fair in previous years

12 September 2017

Jobseekers can apply for more than 2,100 roles at a shopping centre this week.

Fraud probe Gills vice-chairman vetted by league

Andy Frampton, vice-chairman Michael Anderson and Adam Barrett when Gillingham were crowned champions of League 2 in 2013

12 September 2017

The ex-vice-chairman of Gillingham FC, who stepped down after allegations of fraud in the US, was approved by league officials in the past year.

Kick-off anticipated for new sports project

Artist's impression of the planned new Dover Leisure Centre at Whitfield. Picture: Dover District Council

11 September 2017

A £26 million leisure centre has been approved by a council cabinet.

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Old quarry? It's a fishing and sports ‘jewel in crown’

The blue lake in Halling

09 September 2017

Plans are afoot to transform a former cement quarry into 'Kent's premier fishing and water sports attraction'.

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Battle of the beaches as we compare two seaside towns

Southend: Postcard of the seafront

09 September 2017

Sun, sea and sand.Two rival resorts share the same ingredients. But that is where the similarities end.

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Blast off for long-awaited £3m pub

The Gunpowder Mill is run by Marston's Brewery.

08 September 2017

A much-anticipated pub has opened its doors for the first time after a multi-million pound investment from Marston's Brewery.

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Good news for pub regulars as rebuilding work to start

Fire crews at the Hooden on the Hill pub. Picture: Louise Kennett

07 September 2017

Work to rebuild a historic pub which was devastated by fire is set to start next month.

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McDonald's to close for digital refit

04 September 2017

A drive-thru McDonald's will close for a £1 million pound upgrade, it has been revealed days after another reopened following a makeover.

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Hungry students back takeaway app in £150k campaign

UniRunners founder Stephen Connell, left, and Karim Clarke at work

04 September 2017

A former student and his pal are halfway towards securing a £150,000 investment for their takeaway app which has been downloaded by 6,000 people.

Future of air show in doubt

Action from this year's air show. Picture: Adrian Bennett

02 September 2017

Organisers of one of Kent's most popular events say spiralling costs are threatening its future.

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Harvester restaurant damned by food hygiene inspectors

The David Copperfield Harvester, Broadstairs. Pic: Google maps

01 September 2017

A Harvester restaurant closed its doors for a 'thorough cleaning' and staff retraining after being rated zero by the Food Standards Agency.

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Popular pub sold

The True Briton pub in Folkestone

01 September 2017

A seaside pub is under new ownership.

Sudden closure shock of popular family attraction

New owners Martin and Tracy Dunne said the closure was due to "unforeseen circumstances"

01 September 2017

Owners of a popular family attraction say it is with "great regret" they have had to close their business with immediate effect.

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Top coffee company wins visitor centre bid

HatHats Coffee have won the bid to run the visitor centre

01 September 2017

HatHats Coffee have won the bid to operate the visitor centre at Reculver.

Battle of Medway costs slammed

The firework display at Chatham Maritime

31 August 2017

Opposition councillors have accused an authority of splurging money on a £389,000 'vanity project' amid cuts to key services.

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New Kent ferry service hailed a success

The Jacob Marley, the first ferry from Sheppey to Southend Pier for more than 20 years, moored at Southend.

31 August 2017

Passengers have voted a pilot ferry service from Sheppey to Southend a hit. But a question mark hangs over future trips.

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Former Currys electrical store to become a diner

Currys in Burgate, Canterbury, is set to become a restaurant

31 August 2017

It seems there's still room for yet another restaurant in a city already "saturated" with eateries.

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One of UK's biggest pubs opens today

Crowds join Mayor of Ramsgate Cllr Trevor Shonk as he cuts the ribbon to open the new Pavilion. Picture: Paul Amos

29 August 2017

A mammoth pub - which can serve up to 1,400 customers at any time - has opened today and is Wetherspoon's largest UK site.

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