A warm welcome to Richard Davies who has recently taken over the Britannia Pub (more about him in a later blog)
Richard is aware how the ‘Brit’ has been run down over the past several years. Once the hub of the local community, with the changing demographics and less people actually residing here permanently, the place did not offer too much in the way of goodwill or good food.
Richard is changing all that with home cooked foods with meats coming from Lydd and ice creams from Maidstone……………………. More later>
And talking of pubs the 270 year old ‘Royal Mail’ in Lydd suddenly closed. The brewery, Shepherd Neame (local Kentish Brewery from Faversham) reported it was no longer a viable business.
What I do not understand is how local campaigners want to keep the place open as, as Bob Martin, chairman of the local Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) said, these places are ‘an important part of community life’ ?? But they are closing because fewer people frequent them. Simple as that. What are prospering are the smaller micro brewery outlets and it is there you can get a variety of local beers.
Pubs have to be more than beer sellers and must provide something ‘extra’ to attract the punters. Good food or music and certainly must appeal to the family.