Village pub in Elham, the Kings Arms, wins top CAMRA gong at its Pub Design Awards 2024

A village pub has won a prestigious design award following its refurbishment.

The Grade II-listed, 15th century Kings Arms in Elham, near Folkestone, scooped the prize at the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA)’s Pub Design Awards.

The Kings Arms has proved a success
The Kings Arms has proved a success

It picked up the gong in the refurbishment category which recognises the best renovation of an existing pub building. Earlier this year, it was also crowned the best pub in Kent at the National Pub & Bar Awards.

A spokesperson for the awards said: “The pub undertook a creative makeover which has enhanced the atmosphere of the building, with glazed walls and doors bringing much need light into the previously rather gloomy interior.

“The total internal and external renovation and remodelling has resulted in a warm, welcoming and contemporary environment.”

Judges - a panel of experts in design and conservation - said the pub is now “a lovely place for a drink or a meal”.

Chair of the Pub Design Awards judging panel, Andrew Davison, said: “Our awards recognise the high standards of flair and imagination which have gone into these projects, and the ambitious craftsmanship involved in the repair and conservation work.

The Kings Arms in Elham has scooped a gong at the CAMRA Pub Design Awards
The Kings Arms in Elham has scooped a gong at the CAMRA Pub Design Awards

“Despite everything thrown at it, we believe that the pub has a key role to play in our communities, and that it will continue to flourish as an institution. The high quality of the entries for these awards provides evidence to support that belief.”

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