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Former Rainham restaurant boss takes over the helm at the Ship Inn in Conyer

A well-known former Towns’ restaurant boss has taken over a business in neighbouring Swale.

Damon Dalmedo ran The Barn in Lower Rainham for 15 years.

He is now revamping the Ship Inn by the creek at Conyer, a hamlet between Faversham and Sittingbourne.

New Ship "skipper" Damon Dalmedo
New Ship "skipper" Damon Dalmedo

After leaving the 17th century Barn, Damon took time out with his family and did some freelance work.

He said: “It is a new venture its a complete new concept of food and service, it is contemporary dining, I’m really excited.”

The 44-year-old was called on to help out at the 18th century Ship by his ex-restaurant manager.

The Ship at Conyer
The Ship at Conyer

The dad put his culinary skills to good use in the kitchen and was then asked to take over the pub by owner Simon Smedley.

He will be assisted by fellow chef Barry Coppins, who served his apprenticeship at the pub, gained further experience elsewhere and has now returned.

Damon will also have help from his wife Sarah and has brought in his accountant Paul Coleman as a partner.

The Barn in Lower Rainham
The Barn in Lower Rainham

“With his accountancy brain and my experience in the industry we are a really good marriage,” he says.

“We haven’t got any rules and regulations.

"It is down to the public. It is a case of giving people what they want.

“We will have a varied menu. The classic will stay on the board. There will be a seasonal menu which we will change on a week to week basis. I am eternally grateful for this opportunity at The Ship. I think I have one more in me!”

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