Couple weigh in at Blue Anchor
While other pubs in Britain are closing down there’s no defeating The Blue Anchor in Brabourne which has just reopened – thanks to a touch of entente cordiale.
It’s been taken over by French and English couple Jacky and Annabel Francois who previously ran a French bistro in Hythe for 17 years, called the Rowan Tree.
In 2002 they sold up and moved back to France and later bought another restaurant in the coastal village of Ambleteuse, between Calais and Boulogne, which they had for five years until 2009.
But now they’re back and Mr Francois, a professional chef, will be serving up French cuisine.
“We’ve had a wonderful response from the regulars who were so happy to come back through doors,” said Mrs Francois, 67, who recently finished renovating a 17th-century house in France. “They welcomed us with open arms.
“Jacky wanted to get back to what he does best and so I came out of retirement with him. There was also the lure of our three grandchildren in Hythe with one more on the way.
“Our menu at The Blue Anchor will be very similar to the popular one we did in Hythe.”
Robert Cockayne, of property agency Sidney Phillips who handled the sale, said: “This couple have a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry and a strong local knowledge.
“I’m sure they will continue to grow The Blue Anchor, and make the food side of the business very popular.”