Town cen­tre pub to re-open

Phoenix will be back in busi­ness af­ter ren­o­va­tion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - By Vicky Castle vcas­tle@thek­m­ @vick­y­castleKM

A pop­u­lar Ash­ford pub is set to re­open un­der new man­age­ment two years af­ter it closed its doors.

The Phoenix, in Tufton Street, is un­der­go­ing ren­o­va­tion work and is ex­pected to re­open next month.

Pre­vi­ous owner Bramwell Pubs and Bars went into ad­min­is­tra­tion in Oc­to­ber 2013 and The Phoenix closed its doors but much like its name, the town cen­tre pub has risen again.

The premises have been taken over by Phoenix Pub Groups, which runs about 100 pubs across the coun­try.

Man­ager Liz Wood­man, who lives in Ash­ford, said the on­go­ing ren­o­va­tion work has been slightly de­layed but work­ers are on track to bring the once-bustling busi­ness back to life.

She said: “The Phoenix had been closed for al­most ex­actly two years so there was quite a lot of mess when we first came in.

“The own­ers be­fore had ob­vi­ously just grabbed what­ever they could sal­vage or sell.

“But there is a lot of work go­ing on to bring it back to life.

“I can’t wait for the pub to be open. It’s very ex­cit­ing. We haven’t got a set date but we are hop­ing it will be next month.

“The Phoenix is sim­i­lar to a pub I used to have and it was great for sport, food and so­cial­is­ing.

“It will be a great place to have some drinks or food and a bit of a dance. We want to bring The Phoenix back to what it was be­fore be­cause it worked.

“It was a great venue with a great rep­u­ta­tion and so we want to bring that back to the town.”

There are still job op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able at the pub and Liz said she is still sort­ing through CVs for var­i­ous roles from bar staff, to chefs.

For more in­for­ma­tion, to ap­ply for a job or to track progress of the pub’s ren­o­va­tion, go to www.face­­as­h­ford­kent.

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM2883390

The Phoenix in Tufton Street, which closed in Oc­to­ber 2013, is ex­pected to re­open next month

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