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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Spoken Aug 2020

Royston

Open 2022+

1 Chandos Road

2 The Broadway

Broadstairs

http://theroystonmicropub.co.uk/

https://whatpub.com/royston

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.

Royston licensees 2020

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.

 

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