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Marquis at Alkham pub reopens as Marquis of Granby

By Chris Britcher

An historic village pub has been officially re-opened - under a new name.

The 200-year-old Marquis at Alkham, near Dover, was bought by Ashford's GSE Group last year.

It has subsequently undergone a major refurbishment and is now open once more under its original name - the Marquis of Granby.

Will and Nadine Sheldon celebrate the reopening of the Marquis at Alkham - now known as the Marquis of Granby (8355207)
Will and Nadine Sheldon celebrate the reopening of the Marquis at Alkham - now known as the Marquis of Granby (8355207)

Cutting the ribbon was Dover's mayor, Cllr Sue Jones.

The pub's new landlords are Will and Nadine Sheldon.

Mr Sheldon said: "After months of hard work getting this historic building just how we want it, we are excited to be opening our doors and look forward to meeting our new customers over the coming weeks and months."

The mayor helps officially open the village pub (8355201)
The mayor helps officially open the village pub (8355201)

The pub is named after Lt-Gen John Manners who lived from 1721-1770 and was overall commander of the British troops on the battlefield in the Seven Years War before becoming Commander-in-Chief of the Forces.

Eldest son of the 3rd Duke of Rutland, he did not outlive his father or inherit the dukedom and so took his father’s subsidiary title, the Marquess of Granby.

Mrs Sheldon added: "This building has been a focal point for the village and surrounding area for more than two centuries. We are very aware of its history and importance and are proud to be continuing its story into a new era.”


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