Clifftop pub ready for summer with £100,000 refurbishment

The Royal, in Marine Parade, Tankerton, has a fresh new look for the summer season following a £100,000 refurbishment by brewer Shepherd Neame.

With views across the Thames Estuary to Essex, the Royal is just a few minutes’ stroll from Whitstable Harbour, and is making the most of its magnificent clifftop setting and sea views with major improvements to its bars, restaurant and garden.

Licensee Chris Steed runs the pub aided by former licensees Bob and Jean Westcott. He said: “The pub has been refurbished from top to bottom to a very high standard. Our regular customers are delighted and we are looking forward to welcoming more visitors during the summer.”

The bar and restaurant are presented in a contemporary style, which reflects Tankerton’s seaside location. The bar areas, divided into intimate spaces by screens and display shelves, feature banquette leather seats, cut-glass chandeliers, new carpeting and artwork featuring the Whitstable area.

Thanks to a redesign, more customers can now enjoy the sea view while a central feature, a double-sided, glass-fronted log fire, has been included to give the bar and restaurant area a cosy feel during the winter months.

The landscaped garden, where customers can watch the boats go by while savouring a drink or a meal in the fresh air, has been enhanced with a curved pergola, lighting and decking. The new-look Royal also has a designated coffee station.

A new menu has been introduced to showcase the freshest local fish available. “We pride ourselves on the fact that we get our meat, fish and vegetables daily from local suppliers,” said Chris. “Now customers can enjoy our traditional food and daily specials in more comfort, whether they wish to sit in the 60-seater restaurant area, the bar or in the sea air.”

A good choice of Kentish cask-conditioned ales is served, including seasonal local favourite Whitstable Bay Premium Ale, and distinctive wines from carefully-selected family vineyards across the world.

The Royal is at the heart of the local community, supporting pool, darts and football teams. There is also a popular monthly quiz night which raises money for Diabetes UK and the RNLI.

Shepherd Neame’s property and tenanted trade director, George Barnes, said: “The Royal enjoys a magnificent setting above Tankerton Steps and is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the spectacular sea views. This investment has provided the Tankerton community with a more comfortable, well-equipped local while also giving the area’s summer visitors a delightful place to sample traditional food and drink.”

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