Cou­ple weigh in at Blue An­chor

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Business Update - By Nick Lil­li­tos

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.”

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