Page Updated:- Monday, 26 July, 2021.


Earliest Dec 2014

(Name from)

Mumbai Gate

Latest 2019

(Name to)

Ashford Road


01233 820800

Mumbai Gate 2015
Mumbai Gate sign 2015

Above photo and sign kindly supplied by Tricia Francis, 18 January 2015.


Originally the "Royal Standard," then some time before 2006 it changed into an Indian restaurant called the "Royal Spice." Unfortunately since then it has change name on several occations, it was next known as the "Thirty Six" then the "Cinnamon Lounge," and latest it's operating under the name of the "Mumbai Gate."

I am informed that the premises has again opened as a pub on the 21 September 2019, this time called the  "Pig and Sty."


From the By Rachael Woods, 25 March 2019.Mumbai Gate in Bethersden will become The Pig & Sty after 1m refurb.

An Indian restaurant will be returned to a pub in a 1m transformation - more than a decade after the last pint was pulled.

The Mumbai Gate in Ashford Road, Bethersden, is being redeveloped by Elite Pubs and will be called The Pig & Sty.

It will be the ninth pub in the Elite chain and its opening follows that of The Herbalist, last May, in Maidstone town centre together with a late-night cocktail and music venue, Junipers.

The pub's name is a reference to Bethersden's 1000-year history of pig-breeding and the new owners will be forging links with the village.

Bosses are in discussions with Marc Stevenson of Bethersden rocking horse makers the Stevenson Brothers and are planning to name the pub's private dining room "The Rocking Horse Room", where there will be a display of the creations.

Elite Pubs said it planned to restore the former "Royal Standard" pub to a modernised country pub offering a menu based on locally-produced food and wine, together with craft gins.

It will offer 120 covers in the main dining room, 35 in the private dining room, 60 in the bar and 150 in the garden, while a covered terrace area with a burger shack will seat 50.

Mumbai Gate renovation 2019

Work begins on the Pig & Sty.

The Pig & Sty will be family-friendly and its large garden is set to feature a play area.

A total of 1m will be spent on the transformation, the owners confirmed, with the official opening date on Saturday, September 21.

Family-owned Elite Pubs has been established for 15 years and also opened the "Cow Shed" in West Malling.

The Grade II-listed building, on the corner of the A28 and Standard Lane, originally the "Royal Standard," was the "Royal Spice" Indian restaurant for five years from 2005 before being turned into a Chinese restaurant - called "Thirty Six" - in 2010.

In 2013 it became an Indian restaurant once again, called "Cinnamon Lounge," later becoming the Mumbai Gate.




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