Published: 17:00, 15 October 2019
| Updated: 09:51, 16 October 2019
One of Dover's oldest pubs is to get a major revamp.
Planning permission has been granted to comprehensively refurbish the Lord Nelson in Flying Horse Lane.
Owners Shepherd Neame has plans including an open plan bar area and dining space.
The new look outdoor areas will include patio seating to the front of the property.
There is to be a stone-paved terrace to the back of the property with a retractable awning and café style furniture.
Permission was given by Dover District Council.
Cllr Nick Kenton, cabinet member for planning, said: “We’re delighted to see Shepherd Neame investing in Dover and capitalising on the Lord Nelson’s fantastic town centre location.
"It’s another excellent example of the growing interest from the food and beverage sector in Dover.”
Nigel Bunting, director of detail and tenanted operations at Shepherd Neame, said: “We are looking forward to developing the Lord Nelson.
"We will be improving all trading areas internally and externally to make the most of this historic pub, which boasts a unique riverside location with views up to Dover Castle and is also in a prime position alongside the new St James' development.
" As part of this process we will be recruiting a new licensee and would invite anyone interested in the role to contact our team."
The pub, right next to the River Dour, adjoins the St James' Retail and Leisure Park and is a couple of minutes' walk from Market Square.
Over the centuries it has been a licensed premises of one form or another.
It is thought to have been in the town centre from as far back as 1805, the year the British naval hero was killed in the Battle of Trafalgar.
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