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7 November 2019

Old Pharmacy

Open 2020+

39A King Street


01304 274819

Old Pharmacy 2019

Above photo, 2019.

Old Pharmacy bar 2019

Above photo 2019.

Old Pharmacy inside 2019

Above photo showing one of the rooms 2019.

Old Pharmacy courtyard 2019

Above photo showing the courtyard 2019.


Previously operating as a pharmacy, hence the current name of this venue and compromises three rooms and a courtyard.

Classed more as a coffee shop that also serves cocktails and wines as well as beer, this has limited opening hours at present, only open from Thursday to Sunday and closing as early as 9pm. All drinks come with complimentary canapés.


From the By Dean Kilpatrick, 29 May 2019.

'European-style café bar' to open in Sandwich.

A new “European-style café bar” is set to open in Sandwich after plans were given the green light by councillors.

The Old Pharmacy in King Street was granted an alcohol licence by Dover District Council yesterday, with applicant Pierre Ayers promising his venture will help the town centre become a “little bit more upmarket”.

A hearing was held after fears were raised by Rachel Collins, who said her home had already been impacted by the “parking, litter, smoke, refuse, arguing and fighting, and music” generated by another nearby premises.

Old Pharmacy premises 2018

The site on King Street in Sandwich that will become a cafe bar.

She said: “I made an objection to the application based on my concerns about noise and anti-social behaviour to local residents, of which I am one.

“I live in the property next door but one, and I’m just concerned this won’t be a case of alcohol served with meals.

"It will be a bar and, as such, it will be quite noisy. This would interrupt my daily life and ability to sleep and so on.”

She also claimed the outside drinking area was “just metres from the back bedroom” she sleeps in if the other bar is making too much noise.

But the applicant told councillors that other residents have been “extremely supportive” of the proposal.

“We will not be serving cheap alcohol so there will be no drunkenness or poor behaviour..." - Pierre Ayers

The business is aiming to attract “families and the mature customer” by offering something different to the "traditional, old-fashioned" pubs in the town.

Mr Ayers said the majority of drink orders would be served with meals at the “European-style café bar”, with complimentary canapés also offered as part of a “more responsible way of serving alcohol”.

He added: “We will not be serving cheap alcohol so there will be no drunkenness or poor behaviour.

“We will closely monitor our customers’ behaviour as part of our legal obligations and the licensing objectives, and the business isn’t aimed at the kind of clientele who would behave poorly anyway.”

The business will open daily at 11am and close at 5pm Mondays to Wednesdays, 9pm from Thursdays to Saturdays, and 4pm on Sundays. There are currently no plans to extend the trading hours.

All three members of the licensing sub-committee supported the application, although they added a condition which prevents drinks from being taken outside at the front of the café bar.

Mr Ayers concluded: “We understand locals may be concerned with noise, but the fact we’ve only had one representation is testament to the fact we tried to engage with local residents and businesses.

“We have been mindful of not wanting to cause any nuisance when putting together our business plan and our proposed opening times, which we genuinely believe won’t impact local people adversely.”


From the By Eleanor Perkins, 29 November 2019.

New coffee and cocktail bar The Old Pharmacy opens in Sandwich thanks to council grant.

A council grant has helped transform an empty shop into a European-style coffee and cocktail bar in Sandwich.

David and Andrew Ayers were awarded £10,000 from Dover District Council to help with renovation costs of the King Street building which was most recently clothes shop, Funky Granny, Groovy Grandpa.

Andrew and David Atyers 2019

Andrew Ayers and business partner David have opened The Old Pharmacy in Sandwich.

Now named The Old Pharmacy in homage to its earlier life as a chemist, it has been redesigned into a modern drinking spot, to complement the town's more traditional pubs.

They serve coffee by day and cocktails in the evening and also welcome families.

Andrew Ayers said: "Both of us have worked in hospitality for a number of years and wanted to do something fun and different.

"We're focussing on the after work, pre-dinner drinks with a selection of cocktails and local wines on offer.

"We're excited to finally open and look forward to being part of the Sandwich hospitality scene.”

Old Pharmace bar 2019

The modern bar at the front of the building Picture: AverDesign.

The funding came from the Town Centre Business Grant Scheme which is aimed at improving the town centres in Dover, Deal and Sandwich.

It encourages new, small businesses to use empty properties and existing businesses to smarten up their shop fronts.

Another successful applicant in recent months was Harry Richardson of the "Elephant and Hind" pub in Market Square in Dover.

Mr Ayers continued: "We've had a really great reception from people since we opened. As well as people from Sandwich we've had customers from Deal, Ramsgate and further afield.

"We serve complimentary canapés with our drinks which have gone down really well.

Old Pharmacy lounge area 2019

The comfortable lounge at the back of the new coffee spot Picture: AverDesign.

"People also love what we've done with the interior as it's three separate rooms and courtyard, with the front bar having a very different feel to the lounges at the back.

"We’d like to thank DDC for the grant which helped make this possible."

Roger Walton, DDC strategic director, said: “This is another great example of how Dover District Council’s Town Centre Business Grant Scheme can help to support local business across the district.”

The Old Pharmacy is open from 4pm until 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays, noon until 9pm on Saturdays and noon until 3pm on Sundays.



AYERS Andrew 2019+


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