Mid­night’s hour nears as bar pre­pares for re­launch

Din­ner, drinks and dance in restau­rant with tapas and cock­tails

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - What’s On - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

A new town cen­tre restau­rant with a Span­ish vibe will open to­mor­row (Fri­day) night in Ash­ford.

Fol­low­ing ren­o­va­tion work, the Mid­night bar, in Bank Street, is be­ing re-launched as a twofloored tapas restau­rant and cock­tail bar.

The venue, owned by busi­ness­man Si Rah­man, will in­clude a din­ing area on the ground floor, serv­ing a va­ri­ety of dishes, and a wine and cock­tail bar up­stairs, where live mu­sic and DJs will play.

Man­ager Will Knight said: “Ash­ford doesn’t have any­thing like this.

“Peo­ple used to catch up in pubs, but that seems to have stopped. We want to en­cour­age peo­ple to come out again, for a drink, a meal, to so­cialise.

“The bar will have a classy vibe with mu­sic play­ing, but so that you can still talk. Hope­fully, it won’t feel like you’re in Ash­ford.”

Themed-nights will be ar­ranged at the bar each night of the week, in­clud­ing drum and bass, elec­tronic and acous­tic nights, with a heavy fo­cus on lo­cal tal­ent.

Ol­lie Mills, from Next Level Pro­mo­tions, said: “Mid­night bar will be like a venue you’d find in Shored­itch, but with Ash­ford prices.

“I think Ash­ford caters well for 18-21-year-olds but not for ma­turer peo­ple. Of­ten peo­ple will go to three dif­fer­ent venues on a night out, for drinks, din­ner and then to dance or to lis­ten to mu­sic. But we of­fer all ex­pe­ri­ences in one. We’re try­ing to get peo­ple out of the house.

“Pre­vi­ously we were just us­ing the ground floor, but now we will utilise the whole venue. We have a brand new menu, with prices rang­ing from £2 to £5.”

The venue’s re­launch to­mor­row night will fea­ture free tasters from the new menu be­ing served between 5-7pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.face­book.com/mid­nigh­tash­ford.

Any­one in­ter­ested in play­ing at Mid­night bar should call 01233 877249.

Pic­ture: Alan Lan­g­ley FM3357170

Mid­night bar man­ager Will Knight mix­ing cock­tails

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