Historic Shepherd Neame pub reopens after a major transformation

By Stuart Stone contact

- Last updated on GMT

"Incredible potential": The Market Tavern in Maidstone, Kent, has reopened following a £900,000 transformation.
"Incredible potential": The Market Tavern in Maidstone, Kent, has reopened following a £900,000 transformation.
Formerly known as Earls, the pub in Maidstone, Kent, reopened under its original Victorian name, the Market House, following a £900,000 refurbishment.

Located at the heart of the county town, the venue has been closed since January while a comprehensive interior and exterior refit took place.

The pub’s ground floor has been opened up to make more room for customers, while a new, covered, outdoor drinking and dining area has been installed.

The new roof terrace at the Market House

In addition a new roof terrace offers punters additional heated, covered, seating areas on the venue’s first floor, which also now boasts a function room capable of accommodating 30 covers.

The pub has recruited 17 new full- and part-time staff to work under new general manager Lou Davies – who has 20 years' worth of experience in the hospitality industry.

Discussing the transformation and reopening, Davies commented: “We have been overwhelmed with the fantastic feedback we have received since opening the doors to the new Market House.

“The pub looks absolutely fantastic, and we have a great team in place, working hard to ensure that the Market House fulfils its incredible potential.”

The bar area at the Market House

The site’s menu has been refreshed to include locally sourced produce where possible, including fruit and vegetables from Maidstone’s RJ Kingsland & Son, seafood from Chapman’s of Sevenoaks, and meat from Joseph & Henry of Ramsgate.

The drinks offering has also been given a shake up with a new, extensive, range of beer and ciders introduced, along with a choice selection of premium wines and spirits, and cocktails.

Shepherd Neame director of retail and tenanted operations Nigel Bunting added: “We are delighted with the results of this major investment.

“Our objective was to retain the pub’s historic character and atmosphere while creating an exciting environment in which to drink and dine.

“We are confident that with its expanded facilities and stylish new look, the Market House will prove a popular destination in Kent’s county town.”

As Earls, the pub was known locally for its live music, something that will continue at the Market House from 9.30pm every Friday and Saturday, and late afternoon every other Sunday.

To find out more about pubs for sale, lease and tenancy visit our property site​.

Related topics: Other operators

Related news

Show more