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Ziggy's Barber Shop opens in Canterbury next door to Middle of the Road pub so punters can enjoy pint and trim

Half-cut punters are a familiar sight for most pub landlords.

But one village boozer on the fringes of Canterbury is hoping its customers can enjoy a full trim after converting its dining room into a barber shop.

Customer Richard Gould from Littlebourne gets some essential reading in whilst Billie Jean cuts his hair
Customer Richard Gould from Littlebourne gets some essential reading in whilst Billie Jean cuts his hair

Adam Papa, who runs the Middle of the Road, came up with the cutting-edge idea.

“It is all quite quirky really,” he said.

“There isn’t much in Sturry so it keeps the locals happy and it helps to put the village on the map.”

One of his enterprising employees is even doing shifts as a barmaid in the pub and then cutting hair at Ziggy's Barber Shop.

The dining room at the Middle of the Road - an extension to the building - was converted into a "retro" salon after planning permission was granted by Canterbury City Council.

Staff at Ziggy's Barber Shop, including manager Liam Minter on the right
Staff at Ziggy's Barber Shop, including manager Liam Minter on the right

Ziggy's manager Liam Minter, 21, started barbering when he was 19 and has worked in about five different shops since.

“I was in the pub and the owner said he had an idea for me and I said 'I'm down for it' and took it,” he said.

“It is right in the middle of Herne Bay and Canterbury - local people say it saves them travelling all the way to Canterbury for a haircut.

“I have already got a five-star rating on my Facebook page.”

Mr Minter says since the shop opened he has also received praise from his customers for the free parking available outside.

Punters can enjoy a trim at the barbers and a pint next door
Punters can enjoy a trim at the barbers and a pint next door

The interior is decorated with vintage barber chairs and pictures of stars such as Rocky, Bruce Lee, and Muhammad Ali.

Ziggy's is open from 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 6pm on Saturday.

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