Sort file:- Broadstairs, April, 2023.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 26 April, 2023.


Spoken Aug 2020


Open 2023+

1 Chandos Road

2 The Broadway


1 Chandos Road 2018

Above Google image showing the intended premises at 1 Chandos Road, August 2018.


This was planned to be opened at 1 Chandos Road and was mentioned in August of 2020.


From the Isle of Thanet News August 2020, by Kathy Bailes.

I want it to be a place for our community.

Andy reveals his dreams for new micropub and coffee bar.

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A love of community, real ale and Broadstairs are the driving forces behind the creation of a new micropub in the town.

Former corporate salesman Andy Smith, 45, plans to renovate the former Bridal Gallery shop in Chandos Road to bring it back to its Victorian glory, with a contemporary twist, to create The Royston.

The micropub, named after Andy's dad Roy who passed away at Maurice House after a period of dementia, will showcase Kent brewery ales and ciders and be available for use by community groups.

Local produce, including freshly roasted coffee, will be served and Andy will be selling a variety of different coffee beans for people to use at home.

Andy, who is being backed in the venture by his fiance Melissa and their son, 24-year-old Liam, spent 24 years in the commercial selling “rat race” before a bout of ill-health pushed him to take a new direction.

After a brain haemorrhage, which resulted in three weeks at Kings College Hospital, Andy decided it was time to try something different.

He spent three years as part of a social enterprise working to teach category B prisoners catering, customer service and barista skills, and now works supplying coffee and barista training to the hospitality sector.

Andy thinks now is the time to do “something that makes you want to get up in the morning? He said: “I have a bit of savings and wanted to do something in the town where I was bom and raised. It will be renovated in a Victoriana contemporary theme to fit the area and it will be very much community focused.

There are two phases. Upstairs will have high seating so you are all on the same level whether standing or seated. There will be a 25 person capacity and there will be no bar, instead patrons will be served at the tables.

"A small selection of bar snacks will be offered but there will be no hot food. Customers can bring food in, or they might want to club in and order from local businesses'

The Royston will have a selection of board games and books as well as hosting quiz nights and other events to raise money for local charities and good causes.

There will be no TV or juke box and generally no music upstairs.

Phase two will be the downstairs 'lounge’ area, with soft seating and coffee tables. The space will have a 30 person capacity for occasional use, private functions, meetings and events such as open mic and live comedy nights.

Andy said; “It will be a place where people can come and send emails or have coffee, somewhere quiet and respectable. It'll be a place for clubs and organisations to hold their meetings.

"I really want this to be a place for our town and community.'’

The venture will create five jobs in addition to Andy as owner/manager and son Liam, an experienced barman, helping at the helm.

It is hoped to open, if a change of use application is approved by Thanet council, by December.


However, things there obviously didn't got to plan, but they did manage to find another suitable premises and it eventually opened at 2 The Broadway which was previously a gift shop, and it was opened by June 2021.


Royston 2021

Above photo showing the opened premises in October 2021 at 2 The Broadway.

From the By Kathy Bailes, 18 April 2023.

Celebrations as The Royston in Broadstairs receives Pub of the Year award.

Andy, Melissa, son Liam, staff James and Sam and scores of customers celebrate the Pub of the Year award Photo Dave Stillman
The Royston micropub in Broadstairs was packed to the rafters last night (April 17) as owners Andy Smith and partner Melissa Goacher and their team were presented with the Pub Of The Year award by Thanet CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale).

The Royston is named after Andy’s late dad Roy and it first opened on what would have been his birthday in September 2021. This has been the first year the venue, on The Broadway, was eligible to enter the CAMRA awards and it came out top for its “consistently good quality beer” and being a community hub that “feels like home.”

Top pub: (from left) Barman James, Andy and Melissa, Martin from CAMRA and barman Sam
Martin Knight, from Thanet CAMRA, presented the award saying: “The first time I met Andy I knew (The Royston) would grow to be one of the best pubs about. I have loved it every time I have been here, it really feels like home for me.”

He added that scoring was done by the panel on eight different criteria and The Royston had “dominated.”

The micropub and coffee house was a year in the making due to the pandemic and a change of planned location but has boomed since opening in September 2021.

Photo Dave Stillman
Receiving the award Andy said: “Build it and they will come they said, and here we are. I had never served a pint and never worked behind a bar until a year and a half ago. I owe it to all of you guys in here. I just wanted to provide a nice place for people to enjoy and for people to make friends and want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the support.”

Andy thanked his staff, son Liam who is also part of the business, his mum and his late dad.

Gadds brewery donated a cask of its new Earth Day beer, brewed in collaboration with planet saving Toast Ale in London, with customers asked to pitch in s donation to Music in Hospitals & Care. The charity vets independent musicians who are paid to perform in care environments.

Andy said: “The money we raise will be given directly to Thanet Dementia care homes to pay for a performance. We’re starting with Broadstairs homes and then Ramsgate and Margate. It looks like we should be able to raise enough to pay for a performance in each Thanet home.

“My dad died of dementia and I was disappointed with the focus on music therapy in one of the homes he was in so wanted to make a difference somehow to others suffering with it.”

Delighted Melissa said: “This is the first time we were allowed to enter (CAMRA awards) so we are really chuffed.”

The Magnet in Broadstairs has been named in second place for the CAMRA awards with The Hovelling Boat in Ramsgate and the Two Halves in Margate highly commended. Presentations to these venues will be taking place shortly.

Find The Royston at 2 The Broadway, Broadstairs, or on facebook here



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