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The Little Gem in Aylesford set to reopen after being bought by Goachers Ales

By Jess Sharp

A pub that has been closed for nine years is set to reopen after being bought by a brewery.

The Little Gem in Aylesford High Street was first closed down back in 2010 and was earmarked for residential development.

Thanks to the Saving the Little Gem campaign, it was bought at auction and the owner made sure it got permission from the council to be turned back into a pub.

A campaign had been held to keep the pub open
A campaign had been held to keep the pub open

Now a year down the line and after no signs of work being done at it has been bought again by Goachers Ales, an independent brewery based in Tovil.

The building was once believed to be the smallest pub in the county and has more than 900 followers on Facebook.

Manager Howard Goacher said: "Prior to us owning it a man named John Griffiths had bought it and got its pub licence.

"We approached him at the time to see if he wanted any help or if we could supply him with beer and long story short - we bought it.

The Little Gem has been bought by Goachers
The Little Gem has been bought by Goachers

"We are looking to finish off renovation works like the electrics before we open so that we don't have to close to do any work in the future.

"We don't have a date just yet but we will be opening as soon as possible and keeping the Saving the Little Gem Facebook page updated."
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