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Popular Canterbury pub The Dolphin is up for sale

One of the city's most loved independent pubs is up for sale - but the landlord insists its customers have nothing to worry about.

Peter Mickleburgh, who runs The Dolphin, has confirmed he is selling the popular boozer in St Radigund's Street after 15 years behind the pumps.

But he says it will remain a pub and expects little will change.

The Dolphin (12337025)
The Dolphin (12337025)

"You wouldn't get change of use on this so it will stay as it is," he said.

"It will be sold as a going concern and I would very much hope it will go to somebody who will keep things exactly the same."

He says he is likely to be there until at least Christmas, so customers can still make table bookings.

The Dolphin, which has a big enclosed beer garden - one of the largest in the city - is decorated with 1950-1970 memorabilia, with not a single television screen in sight.

'Things will stay the same and hopefully once it is sold people won't notice any difference' - Peter Mickleburgh

It is highly regarded and named among the top pubs in Canterbury on TripAdvisor and was previously CAMRA's pub of the year, all while under the helm of Mr Mickleburgh.

Speaking about the pub's popularity earlier this year, he put it down to being independent.

He added: "People can come in and don’t have to compete with the noise of the football or loud music.

"We’ve also got about 25 to 30 different gins, and we serve good food.”

Peter Mickleburgh, landlord of The Dolphin, pictured in 2004 when he took over the pumps at the popular boozer. (14964539)
Peter Mickleburgh, landlord of The Dolphin, pictured in 2004 when he took over the pumps at the popular boozer. (14964539)

He would not go into detail about his plans for the future, but says he'll be in the pub for the coming months.

"I don't want people to think that we will be closed," he said.

"Things will stay the same and hopefully once it is sold people won't notice any difference."

The pub's leasehold is for sale for £195,000 plus stock at valuation.

The sale includes the first floor private living accommodation.

"We've been on the market for two months," he added.

"We haven't got a buyer yet."

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