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Embankments Tapas and Music Bar in Maidstone closed after flood damage

The recent flooding has resulted in the temporary closure of the Embankments Tapas and Music Bar on the River Medway.

The venue on the Undercliff just below the Archbishop's Palace in Maidstone has been created from an old French motor-sailing barge and is the town's only floating restaurant.

The Embankments Tapas and Music Bar after Christmas flooding 2019
The Embankments Tapas and Music Bar after Christmas flooding 2019

On Christmas Eve, a pleasure boat broke loose in the high water, swept downriver and became trapped under the prow of the Embankments barge.

The accident has left the vessel listing to starboard and from fore, the front of the ship, to aft, the back of the ship.

The owners said: "Due to this happening on Christmas Eve any worthwhile resources were not available to assist us to remedy this issue.

"Therefore we will be closed until further notice.

"We are sorry for any inconvenience caused, but it was out of our control. We will as always find a way back too re-open in the near future!"

The Embankments Tapas and Music Bar after Christmas flooding 2019
The Embankments Tapas and Music Bar after Christmas flooding 2019

The management is contacting customers who have made bookings to advise them, but also said: "While the flooding has impacted our customers and the livelihood of ourselves and staff, our thoughts go out to the local people who have had issues with flooding with their homes in Yalding and local farmers over Christmas, which seems to be the case for them each year."

The venue had been planning a New Year's Eve party tonight, with a free glass of bubbly and a DJ and music through to 2pm. That has now been cancelled.

The attraction first opened in 2009 as The Barge.

The Embankments Tapas and Music Bar after Christmas flooding 2019
The Embankments Tapas and Music Bar after Christmas flooding 2019

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