A six-figure revamp is set to change the face of an historic pub.
The John Brunt VC in Paddock Wood is England's only pub to be named after a Victoria Cross holder.
Cpt Brunt died in the Second World War the day after an act of gallantry that would earn him Britain's highest honour.
KentOnline's Secret Drinker visited The John Brunt VC ahead of a £480,000 refurbishment by Heineken-owned Star Pubs and Bars.
The boozer will be transformed into a family friendly venue, complete with food.
But first it will need to close for two months.
Last orders will come on December 1. It is expected to reopen in mid to late February, creating between 10 and 12 new jobs.
Inside, the pub is being reconfigured to create a more spacious interior.
This includes moving the toilets, shortening the bar, and opening up the bar and dining areas to create one room with seating for 64 people.
The ceiling is also being raised and new bi-fold doors installed, while the beer garden is also being given a makeover.
Dugald Macer, regional operations director for Star Pubs & Bars said: "The John Brunt is in a fantastic location near the railway station and supermarket, ideal for commuters, parents on the school run, shoppers and the community as a whole.
"With around 2,000 new houses being built in the area, there is a real need for a family friendly local with a fabulous garden that offers good value quality food and has a broad appeal.
We have a passionate experienced couple lined up to take the pub forward
"We have a passionate experienced couple lined up to take the pub forward, who are great at putting on events.
"They know the area well and are very much looking forward to moving to The John Brunt, becoming part of the community and making The John Brunt the beating heart of Paddock Wood."