Route 16, formerly known as the Old Coach House Inn, has had "significant renovations" including a New England-themed interior, with bric-a-brac bought over from the US, such as little gaff-rigged model yachts, ship lanterns and gingham tablecloths throughout, giving it a "real American look and feel".
Publican and experienced hotelier, Daniel Boatwright, who also owns a local fish and chip shop, took over the pub in October 2017 and worked closely with his daughter, Sophie, to transform the business by introducing a American-themed seafood offer.
The new menu includes New England clam chowder, Alaskan fried fish and chips and ‘naked’ fish. Boatwright has also installed a hot smoker on the terrace, where he will serve up a number of barbecue-smoked meats during the summer months.
He said: “After living on the Route 16 scenic highway in New England for 11 years, I fell in love with the local American cuisine.
"When the opportunity arose, my family and I jumped at running this much-loved local pub. We have previously run pubs in Kent and currently own a popular fish and chip shop in town. It will be an all-family affair because my daughter is keen to follow in our footsteps and will be managing the front of house.
“Ei Publican Partnerships has been very supportive throughout the process. The latest renovations will offer something different and special for locals and tourists alike, while the exciting outdoor space will be enjoyed in the summer, as well as a sunny winter afternoon.”
The pub officially reopened on 12 December, when customers were offered a free dish from the new menu.
Ei Publican Partnerships regional manager Alan Turner said: “Daniel is the perfect example of the exemplary publicans we have in our estate – he already has a fantastic relationship with the local community from his experience with his other business in the area and has a wonderful story to tell.
“The exciting food offer, which includes his favourite dishes from his time in America, has been well received by the locals. I have no doubt he and his family will thrive at Route 16 and I look forward to watching him flourish within the community.”