Pub reopens after £135k revamp
Maidstone’s only LGBT pub, The Queen Anne, has reopened after a £135,000 refurbishment.
Customers-turned-managers, Craig and Leon Burns took over the premises six months ago and have redecorated inside and out, thanks to investment from pub company Admiral Taverns.
Launched at a party on Monday, the pub has a new lounge bar, pool table area and revitalised garden. It will also be launching a new menu offering light lunches, home-cooked evening meals and cocktails, although its famous quiz, drag, karaoke and comedy nights will continue.
The pub, in Queen Anne Road, also welcomed a new licensee, Leslie Collier.
He said: “In Craig and Leon we have two dedicated managers who are passionate about the pub, having been regular customers in previous years.
“The team have a shared vision to transform The Queen Anne into a true community hub, which will welcome back both our old customers and hopefully plenty of new faces from the area.
“From great food to fantastic entertainment and a lovely beer garden – it’s important to us that the Queen Anne will have something for everyone.”
From left, Leon Burns, Leslie Collier, mayoress Brenda Greer, mayor Malcolm Greer and Craig Burns at the Queen Anne