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Boathouse 2018

Above photo 2018.

Boathouse 2018

Above photo, 2018.

Boathouse inside 2018

Above photo 2018.


Changed name from the "Anchor" in 2018.


From Posted: 9th February 2018.

Popular riverside pub The Anchor at Yalding is to reopen as The Boathouse following a £1.2 million refurbishment.

The pub is situated on the River Medway, a few minutes from the village of Yalding near Maidstone.

It is being renamed The Boathouse to reflect its riverside location, and the redevelopment of the pub has also been designed to make the most of its unique setting.

A new glass fronted restaurant is to be created offering stunning views overlooking the river. A new raised exterior terrace is also being built, leading on to a large decked area, to allow extensive al fresco dining.

An extensive internal and external refurbishment will be undertaken, with new lighting and furniture, and nautically-themed décor throughout.

The kitchen is also being completely refitted, and the pub will offer a delicious new menu of traditional pub classics with a contemporary twist, using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. The Boathouse will serve food from 12 noon to 9pm, Monday to Sunday, and also offer brunch from 9am on Saturday and Sunday.

The extensive programme of work started at the beginning of January, and the pub is expected to open with its new look and new name at the end of April.

Director of retail and tenanted operations Nigel Bunting said: “We are delighted to be embarking on this exciting development. The Boathouse boasts an enviable riverside location, and we are confident that this major investment will maximise its potential, creating a stunning environment in which to drink and dine.”

We are currently advertising for 35 new full and part-time bar and kitchen staff to work at The Boathouse.


From the By Chris Britcher, 31 May 2018.

The Boathouse: Inside the Yalding pub following £1.3m improvements.

A pub has reopened following a £1.3 million refurbishment.

The Boathouse in Yalding has undergone an extensive overhaul - including changing its name from the "Anchor."

The Shepherd Neame pub now has a glass fronted restaurant and a raised exterior terrace leading on to a large decked area for al fresco dining.

An extensive internal and external refurbishment has been carried out, with new nautically-themed décor.

A new snug area has also been created, offering private dining for up to 12 people.

The car park at the venue has also been expanded to now offer space for 24 vehicles, as well as the provision of a number of boat moorings and a kayak store.

Two managers and 20 full and part-time staff were recruited to run the venue.

Director of retail and tenanted operations Nigel Bunting said: “We are delighted to unveil this exciting new development. The Boathouse boasts an enviable waterfront setting, and we are confident that it will prove a popular destination in which to drink and dine.”


From the By KentOnline reporter, 26 June 2018.

Yalding: Fire closes The Boathouse pub weeks after £1.3million refurb.

A chef at a newly refurbished Yalding pub suffered burns after a fire yesterday.

Fire crews were called out to The Boathouse in Hampstead Lane at 4.30pm, where the pub and restaurant's kitchen was on fire.

The blaze has closed the Shepherd Neame pub, which had only recently reopened after a £1.3million refurb.

Boathouse fire 2018

Drinkers and diners were evacuated after a fire at The Boathouse in Yalding (2710321).

Kent Fire and Rescue Service had the fire out by 5.30pm and confirmed it was investigating the cause of the blaze.

A spokesperson from Shepherd Neame said: "Following a kitchen fire at the Boathouse, Yalding on Monday afternoon one of our chefs was taken to hospital where he is being treated for burns.

"The pub is closed while investigations are being conducted. We hope you will join us in wishing our colleague a swift recovery."

Kent's air ambulance was called to the scene, but the chef was instead taken to Tunbridge Wells Hospital by road.

Formerly known as the "Anchor," refurbishment started in January, reopening in May with two managers and 20 full and part time staff.

A custom-built kayak store and boat moorings were also installed so punters could visit the pub via the River Medway.

Shepherd Neame has not given a timescale for when the pub could reopen.

Kent Police confirmed the blaze was not being treated as suspicious.




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