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'Turnaround king' to lead theatre trust

08 November 2017

One of the country’s top stage directors and producers has been named as the first chair of a new trust set to run Kent’s largest theatre.

Historic pub up for sale for £1.2m

The Cinque Port Arms

07 November 2017

An historic High Street pub is up for sale for £1.2m following reports of ‘poor health’ in the family.


Hotel veteran takes charge

Nick Gauntlett has been hired as executive director of the Hythe Imperial Hotel

07 November 2017

A new boss is taking charge of a hotel as it nears the end of a multi-million pound, four-year refurbishment.

Town centre to get first micropub

Donna Hartridge outside the shop in West Street, Sittingbourne, which is to become micro-pub

06 November 2017

Real ale is the way to go, says woman behind micropub.


Only Fools star pulls first pint in new-look village pub

Jonathan Neame and Patrick Murray, who played Mickey Pearce in Only Fools and Horses, at the reopening

04 November 2017

An Only Fools and Horses star reopened his village pub following a £200,000 refurbishment and led regulars in a spontaneous singalong.


Plans to transform racing circuit

The planned new grandstand at Lydden Hill Race Circuit. Picture courtesy of Alexander Sedgley architects

03 November 2017

A £6 million scheme to revamp a motor race circuit is being developed.


Banned curry house bosses owed the taxman thousands

The Salma Indian Restaurant in Wingham

03 November 2017

The directors of an Indian restaurant have been banned from owning a company after hiding substantial sums of money from the taxman.


Inside new Creams Cafe

02 November 2017

A couple have opened their third dessert parlour in the county.

Kent's zero rated restaurants

Ten food outlets in Kent have been given zero ratings. Picture: Getty Images

02 November 2017

Ten food outlets across the county are in need of "urgent improvements", according to health inspectors.


Sadness as popular bar and restaurant closes

Googies Art Cafe in Folkestone is closing

31 October 2017

Shock and sadness after an award-winning Kent restaurant and bar announces it will be closing this weekend.


Land deal for brewery plans

The planned Chapel Down brewery

31 October 2017

Wine and beer maker Chapel Down has completed the purchase of a 1.6 acre site where it plans to build its first brewery.


Expansion plan for Kent attraction

The Turner Contemporary in Margate

30 October 2017

An art gallery that has generated an estimated £58 million to the local economy could be expanded to enable it to build on its success.


Restaurant will reopen after major changes

Work is underway behind the whitewashed windows of the closed Buddha Belly restaurant

30 October 2017

A town centre buffet restaurant is undergoing a complete overhaul before reopening.


Scathing Wetherspoons review prompts social media storm

Royal Victoria Pavilion in Ramsgate is the UK's largest Wetherspoons pub

29 October 2017

A scathing review of the UK's largest Wetherspoons has prompted a social media storm.


Wetherspoons pub given new name

Wetherspoons will reopen The Railway in Rainham. Picture: Andy Payton.

27 October 2017

Readers have spoken, and a town's new Wetherspoons has been named after two weeks of voting.


Centre jam-packed for Krispy Kreme launch

Operations manger Nicole Randall and staff cut the ribbon

26 October 2017

A Kent shopping centre was jam-packed for the opening of Krispy Kreme’s newest outlet.

Former cinema site to be transformed

An artist's impression of what the The Belvedere development will look like

25 October 2017

An eyesore in a town centre will be redeveloped as shops, flats, restaurants and a cinema in an £80m deal.


Firm secures contract for ferry service

Tilbury Ferry passengers at Tilbury

25 October 2017

A five-year contract to operate an historic ferry service has been awarded by KCC.

Long-running Saga chairman to step down

Saga chairman Andrew Goodsell has announced he is stepping down

24 October 2017

The man who led the flotation of over-50s specialist Saga on the London Stock Exchange is to retire from the business after 26 years.

Princes Parade protests step up

Plans: Artist's impression of Princes Parade - Shepway District Council

20 October 2017

The showdown over a controversial beachfront housing estate and leisure centre in Hythe is escalating, after a parish council refused to back the plan

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