Pub re­opens after £135k re­vamp

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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.”

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From left, Leon Burns, Les­lie Col­lier, may­oress Brenda Greer, mayor Mal­colm Greer and Craig Burns at the Queen Anne

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