Pubs tak­ing shel­ter over smok­ing ban

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE - by Clare Mul­grew

Brewer gets ready for the change in law in July

BRI­TAIN is all set to go smoke­free in less than two months’ time and a brew­ery is busy adapt­ing pubs to cater for smok­ers af­ter the law changes.

Kent-based Shep­herd Neame, Bri­tain’s old­est brewer, is pro­vid­ing out­door shel­ters in 200 pub gar­dens by July 1, in­clud­ing the Golden Ball at Ken­ning­ton and the Wal­nut Tree at Ald­ing­ton.

The shel­ters, de­signed for both smok­ers and non-smok­ers are due to be com­pleted at the end of May.

The Vine at Ten­ter­den al­ready has an out­side area with canopy um­brella, be­spoke ta­ble and slate-topped seat­ing, ac­com­mo­dat­ing eight to 10 peo­ple.

In­vested

By Septem­ber, more than £3m will have been in­vested by Shep­herd Neame in pro­vid­ing smok­ing shel­ters at 380 out­lets.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive, Jonathan Neame, said: “Our ob­jec­tive is to turn our gar­dens into at­trac­tive out­side spa­ces, sym­pa­thetic to their sur­round­ings.

“By con­sid­er­ing all our cus­tomers’ needs and ef­fec­tively tak­ing the pub en­vi­ron­ment out­side, we’re fully pre­pared for the ban.”

He said the com­pany hopes to at­tract new cus­tomers and em­ploy­ees once the ban comes into force.

“July 1 her­alds a new era for pub cus­tomers and em­ploy­ees, where peo­ple will no­tice a fresh, clean at­mos­phere.

“Pubs are the num­ber one place for peo­ple to so­cialise and re­lax in the UK, en­joy­ing ex­cel­lent beer, lo­cally-sourced food, a con­vivial en­vi­ron­ment and com­mu­nity events.”

The Vine at Ten­ter­den has al­ready been adapted to cater for smok­ers once they are banned from light­ing up in­doors

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