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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest Sept 1997

(Name from)

Hole in the Roof

15 July 2017 (Name to)

42-44 Queen Street

Deal

01304 374839

Hole in the Roof 2012 Hole in the Roof 2012

Above photos by Paul Skelton, 17 January 2012.

From the East Kent Mercury 15 August, 2002.

Hole in the Roof 2002 Hole in the Roof 2002  

Above pictures showing the flower display and licensee Phil Bailey in 2002 when the pub gained the title of "Best Licensed premises for Deal in Bloom. This being the fourth year the competition had taken place.

Hole in the Roof sign 1998Hole in the Roof sign 2012

Above left sign 1998, right sign 2012.

Hole in the Roof, Deal

Above shows the pub at night. 2009.

Hole in the Roof, Deal

 

Originally called the "Five Bells" and later the "Swan" this pub has changed name several times, ending up with its current name of the "Hole in the Roof". The original building was constructed in 1694, workmen found a stone stating the date while doing repair work in 1890.

Originally Queen Street was called Five Bells Lane and it was named after the original pub and brewery that stood where this pub is today.

This pub has also been called the "Swan Hotel" and also the "Swans". The change of name from the "Five Bells" to the "Swan Hotel" happened in the 1820s.

The Poor Rate book of 1776 states, “Thomas Oakley, and garden, Five Bells Brew House, water works, brew house, new malt house and brew house”. There was yet another brew house opposite the pub (now Kwik-Fit) and several others in Deal over the years.

1838 saw the building large enough for 20 horses and 6 wagons, but records show it once stabled 35 horses and at an agricultural show in Victoria Park nearby, 101 horses were tethered there.

Charles Dickens stayed at the hotel in 1847 for the opening of the Deal to Minster railway where it is said he travelled on the very first train it is thought that he wrote part of one of his novels there.

A fire broke out at the rear the pub in September 1881 injuring a horse belonging to Sanger's circus which unfortunately had to be destroyed. It was estimated at being worth 200 guineas. The brewers, at that time owned the pub and were Hills and Sons.

1937 saw Thompson's as the brewers who were obliged to demolish the original pub and rebuild it a few feet back from its original position when the Council widened Queen Street. The new building was opened in June 1937 with new landlords.

May 1st 1985 saw the name change again, this time from the "Swan Hotel" to the "Swans" and again on 10 September 1997 to the name we see today, the "Hole in the Roof". I do not yet know the reason why this name was chosen. 1999 saw a huge refit costing 160,000.

 

Advert from the Dover Mercury 18 September 2003.

Hole in the Roof advert, Deal

From the Dover Mercury 7 December 2007.

Hole in the Roof staff, Deal

A Christmas toast from Sam Bell, Sam Palmer and Dave Lynch at the Hole in the Roof

Picture: Terry Scott pd1334020

 

A warm welcome and great music.

A WARM atmosphere, good food and a chance to enjoy top quality music nights are all on offer at The Hole in the Roof, one of Deal town centre's busiest pubs.

For the past three years husband and wife team Paul and Kathy Lynch have been working hard to keep their customers happy and are still full of plans for the Queen Street business.

Paul said: "The Hole in the Roof is getting stronger every day and there are lots of new changes and a new look for 2008."

But before the New Year there are still lots of diary dates for everyone looking for a good evening of entertainment in the run-up to Christmas.

The pub has built up a reputation for Motown nights and on December 23 there is a chance to enjoy a Diana Ross tribute from Jackie Webb.

Paul added: "This is for the over 25s only to relive the best music of the past in our downtown soul bar."

There is also a ticket-only New Year's Eve Motown Night, with tickets available at the bar, and new live acts as well as old favourites booked for 2008, including by popular demand the Electric Beatles.

Apart from live music, the Hole in the Roof also looks after football fans with regular Premiership games on screen.

Kathy added: "We have new menus of good home-cooked food and a good selection of ice-cold premium lagers and real ales.

"From January there will be a new look to the pub, with our front terrace adding more ambience to the Hole.

"Paul and I would like to give a special thank you to all customers old and new for all their support and warm reports on email for the friendliest staff in town.

"Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and we look forward to a great new year together."

 

From the Dover Mercury, 23 April, 2008. (Advertising feature)

A little bit of Covent Garden comes to the Hole in the Roof.

IT may be a far cry from the bustling evenings in Covent Garden or an al fresco night out in a cobbled square in Rome; but the new heaters on the Hole in the Roof's front terrace certainly lend it a continental feel.

The outside seating area is illuminated and bathed in an inviting glow which warms the bar. The Hole, or Soul Bar, as it is becoming known, has undergone a dramatic facelift from the new encircling ball shade to the new heaters, new signs and a splash more colour.

It is already bustling day and night as people unwind and bathe in the first days of sunshine and while away the almost balmy evenings in good company and good music.

The Hole also offers three 50in plasma televisions sited in the front and saloon bar and rear garden. Good pub food is now being served from Monday to Friday from noon until 3pm with the ever-popular carvery on a Sunday being served from noon until 3pm. Booking is advisable.

The function room is available for hire from Monday to Friday for all your special occasions including parties for over 21s. There is a choice of DJ and three buffet menus, you can mix and match to suit your needs.

To book a table, party or the function room, telephone 01304 374839, or call in for a drink at the Queen Street venue.

 

From the Dover Mercury, Thursday 1 May, 2008. (Advertising feature)

Hole in the Roof is just getting better and better!

WITH a fantastic new chef on board, why not start your day with one of our breakfasts, now being served between 10am and noon, with our lunch menu available from noon to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday, and a carvery on Sunday, noon to 3pm.

This bank holiday weekend sees a great line-up of live music at The Hole in the Roof. Tomorrow (Friday) night will see Euston take to the stage, followed by Shann Lee Parker on Sunday from 6.30pm.

For all of you swing fans out there, come and enjoy a tribute to Michael Buble and more on Wednesday, May 28 from 2pm, brought to you in conjunction with Victoria Mews and McCarthy Stone.

Motown Nights are back with a bang, on the last Saturday of each month throughout the summer.

With summer fast approaching come, unwind and enjoy our sun-soaked front terrace (adults only) or our relaxing rear garden.

Our function room is still readily available for your private parties, which can also include the exclusive use of the rear garden for bookings of over 100 people.

As the world's greatest tennis stars limber up for Wimbledon, come any enjoy all of the action at The Hole in the Roof, with the classic dish of strawberries and cream with jugs of Pimms.

• Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights will now be over 21s, though our younger regular customers are still more than welcome.

• To all of our residents and neighbours, we are here to work with you. If you have any problems do not hesitate to come and share them with us. The Hole in the Roof is available on 01304 374839.

 

From the Dover Mercury, Thursday 24 July, 2008. (Advertising feature)

SALOON BAR IS PERFECT VENUE

Hole in the Roof 2008

THE amazing transformation of the Hole in the Roof continues, with a new-look saloon bar.

It is ideal for a wine and dine experience or a special party, especially a wedding reception.

The big room has a warm and friendly atmosphere and party goers even have the opportunity to end their celebrations with an overnight stay at the "Hole in the Roof."

There are spacious en suite rooms available at reasonable rates, with breakfast served at a supplement from 9am for overnight guests.

The "Hole in the Roof" has a special front terrace for those warm summer days and evenings, with the added attraction of sitting outside enjoying a meal.

The menu has good home-cooked food, all excellent value, and the business is proud of its attentive staff.

Adults with small children are welcome in part of the salon bar and also the garden at the back of the "Hole in the Roof," but not on the Queen Street terrace.

Apart from the new-look saloon, there are also two large bars with plenty of space.

Landlord and landlady at the bar and restaurant are Paul and Kath Lynch, who both have a wealth of knowledge about the business.

Paul said: “The Hole in the Roof is rapidly being established as the place to be in Deal for the over-21s and ID is requested.”

Last orders at the bar on Fridays and Saturdays are taken at 1am and the doors close 30 minutes later, although the main front door will shut at midnight.

■ To all our residents and neighbours, we are here to work with you. If you have any problems do not hesitate to come and share them with us. The Hole in the Roof is available on 01304 374839.

 

From the Dover Mercury, 4 September, 2008. By Kevin Redsull

GLOBETROTTING KEVIN CAN'T WAIT TO RETURN.

Paul and Kevin Lynch

MICHAEL Palin, eat your heart out! There aren't many people who could say that to the BBC's jovial globetrotter but Kevin Lynch is certainly one of them.

Since joining HM Diplomatic Service 30 years ago, the former Sir Roger Manwood's School pupil has been to 49 different countries, either for work or for pleasure.

Kevin is currently serving as HM Consul in Denver in the US but was back home in Deal a few weeks ago to visit family and friends, including his parents Kevin and Breda, who live in Gilham Grove, and younger brother Paul, who is landlord of The "Hole in the Roof" in Deal.

And Kevin, who will be 50 later this year, is looking forward to retiring back to Deal after a career which has included postings in such diverse places as Lithuania, Bangladesh and western Siberia.

PRISON

It all began in the somewhat less exotic surroundings of Canterbury Prison.

After leaving school Kevin started work as an administrative clerk in 1978 for the Civil Service at the prison.

He explained: “One day a job application form came into the office for clerks in the HM Diplomatic Service.

“I decided to give it a go, passed the interview, and never looked back.

“I then did three years in London before I got my first overseas posting, which was working for NATO for three years in Brussels.

“It was a fantastic posting - we still have reunions all these years later.” After the posting came to an end Kevin worked for two years as an immigration officer in Dhaka, Bangladesh, followed by short stints in Baghdad and Jeddah in the Middle East, before returning to London for three years.

He said: “I then started on an unusually long run abroad because you don't normally do more than two tours [overseas postings] back-to-back.

“First off I was in Dakar in Senegal for three years.

“It meant I became a member of the exclusive Double Dakar Club, as there are only three of us in the Diplomatic Service who have served in both Dhaka in Bangladesh and Dakar in Senegal!

“Then came the best job of the lot. I did a 10-week stint in the Seychelles preparing for a State visit by the Duchess of Kent. I was able to fly around all the islands and ‘inspect' the beautiful beaches!”

Lithuania was the next stop in 1994, where Kevin was made deputy head of the British Mission.

He said: “It's a fantastic country, with very nice people. It's also special for me because I met my wife Leone there and we now have two children.”

After Lithuania he spent three more years in the Middle East, followed by three more in Ghana, before returning to Britain four years ago.

He bought a house in London Road and started commuting to Whitehall.

But it wasn't long before Kevin got itchy feet and he agreed to spend eight months as temporary consul general in Yekaterinburg in western Siberia.

He said: “That was fascinating. I was working in the remotest area you could possible imagine but while I was there the current job in Denver came up.

“I asked Leone if she fancied spending a few years in the States and she said yes, so I started there 16 months ago.”

While he is in Denver Kevin intends notching up the half-century on his list of countries visited by going to Canada. But he admits he is beginning to think ahead to his retirement and after travelling so much, he is looking forward to spending more time in Deal. Kevin said: “One of the reasons I joined the Diplomatic Service was that at the age of 20 I felt Deal was too small.

“But I've come to realise what a beautiful town it is, with a fantastic history which I am just beginning to learn about. Leone and I love coming back here.”

 

From the Dover Mercury, 14 October, 2010. (Advertising feature)

HOLE LOT OF FUN WITH DIANA ROSS TRIBUTE.

AFTER the success of our last charity night the diva of divas, Jackie Webb, makes her return to the stage of "The Hole in the Roof" as the legendary Diana Ross for a one-off spectacular on Friday, November 5.

The cabaret night, in aid of Demelza House is a night for black ties, ball gowns and dancing, drinking and feasting but no fireworks (sorry). The evening is ticket only. Tickets are now on sale from the pub at 10 each.

After a long wait, Kai McKenzie is back in the Hole as Michael Buble. Kai makes his return on Sunday, November 7 at 4pm.

Coming soon, an awesome Abba tribute act in the form of Absolute Abba. But while you're waiting for these events, get your outfits together for our Halloween Party on Saturday, October 30, preceded by Archive on Friday, October 29, at 9pm, with Get Ape topping the bill on Sunday at 4pm, it should be a weekend to remember.

Our Christmas Day menu is now available at the bar. Spaces are going fast so book up early.

 

 

The establishment is now advertising itself as a "Hotel Caf Bar."

 

From the Dover Mercury, 1 September, 2011. 70p

NEW POSTING TAKES KEVIN TO LAST REFUGE OF BOUNTY MUTINEERS

Kevin and Paul Lynch Pitcairn

One for the road: Kevin Lynch's brother Paul serves him a farewell pint in the "Hole in the Roof" pub before he sets off for Pitcairn.

 

If the following question came up in a quiz night. "What's the connection between Deal and the Mutiny on the Bounty?" - how many people would be able to answer it?

Well, one person who could is Kevin Lynch because the former Sir Roger Manwood's School pupil, who has worked for HM Diplomatic Service for the past 34 years, has been doing some research ahead of taking up a posting as HM Consul General in Auckland and Deputy Governor of the Pitcairn Islands.

The Pitcairns are a group of four volcanic islands in the South Pacific which are now a British Overseas Territory, but in 1790 they became the refuge for the perpetrators of one of the most infamous incidents in British naval history.

In April 1789 Fletcher Christian and his fellow mutineers set Captain William Bligh adrift in a longboat after taking control of the Bounty and fled.

Fletcher and his companions settled in the Pitcairns and Tahiti while Bligh and his 18 loyal crew members made an epic journey to the Dutch East Indies before returning to England to report events.

And the Deal connection? Let Kevin take up the story: "I have been reading a book by Caroline Alexander called "The Bounty - The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty" and I was amazed to discover that two of the small boats on board the Bounty, a cutter and a jolly boat, were both built in Deal when it was a naval dockyard.

"I'm looking forward to telling the locals when I get there that the two small boats were built in my home town in the UK."

Kevin, 53, whose younger brother Paul is the landlord of the "Hole in the Roof" pub in Deal, has been posted all over the world while working for HM Diplomatic Service. His postings have included Brussels, Bangladesh, Senegal, The Seychelles, Lithuania, where he-met his wife Leone, Siberia, and the USA where he recently completed a four-year stint as HM Consul in Denver.

"We had four great years in Denver;" he said. "They are lovely people and Denver has a beautiful location in the foothills of the Rockies and so we were quite sad to leave."

But such is the nomadic nature of a career in the Foreign Office and Kevin, whose first job on leaving school in 1978 was as a Civil Service administrative clerk at Canterbury Prison, certainly has no regrets.

For someone who loves travelling to different countries it would appear to be something of a dream job and when Kevin arrives in New Zealand it will be the 50th country that he has been to either in a work capacity or as a holiday visitor.

He said: ''After arriving in Auckland I will do some training before moving on to the Pitcairns for a three-month stint, and then I will return to Auckland in December and be based there for the next four years, "I will remain responsible for the Pitcaims during that time and will make regular visits back there. Pitcairn is the world's remotest democracy, with a population of only about 50 people, and it should be a very interesting experience."

Kevin and Leone - who will joining him in the Pitcairns in January live in London Road, Deal. But their children, Benny, 14, and Adele, 13, will not be making the trip. They start at Dover College as boarders next month.

Kevin flew out last Thursday, stopping over in Auckland and Tahiti before arriving at the Pitcairns on September 8. Despite his love of travel. Kevin is already looking forward to retiring in Deal.

He said: "I love coming back to Deal, seeing old friends while all my family live locally I think Deal is a beautiful place with a fantastic history, and the link with the Mutiny on the Bounty just goes to prove it."

 

From the Dover Mercury, 29 December 2016.

Celebrations ruined by nightspot smoke bomb.

Hole in the Roof 2016

Revellers were forced to leave the Hole In The Roof in Deal on Boxing Day after a smoke bomb filled the building with a green haze.

Customers are reported to have climbed out of the windows in a bid to escape and some have since had to visit emergency doctors after smoke inhalation.

The incident, which occurred on one of the Queen Street establishment’s busiest nights of the year, is now being investigated by police.

Manager Richard Harris lambasted the culprits in a statement on social media site Facebook the next day.

He said: “We hope everyone had a great Christmas and that last night was not overly ruined due to the stupidity of a few people who had released a green smoke bomb in the premises.

“This resulted in the staff having to follow emergency procedures and evacuate the building to investigate and, of course, ventilate the building in order to continue trading.

“We are extremely sorry for any inconvenience caused and if anyone has any damages caused by the fumes or has any concerns please feel free to get in touch with us and we can add this information to the police investigation.” Mr Harris says the men have been caught on CCTV.

He continued: “We do have an extremely large number of cameras on site and you have been seen.

“We know a number of names involved and we would like to give you the opportunity to approach us to deal with the situation before it goes further. We do have damage caused to the carpets, an extreme amount of loss of trade on one of the busiest nights of the year and a few staff members have had to visit emergency doctors during the night to receive treatment for the smoke inhalation.

“We’d also like to say that this incident was not by ‘children’ but by young men who should know better. Thank you for ruining a brilliant night for the premises and the customers.”

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the pub on 01304 374839 or the police with the crime reference ZY-47099-16.

 

From the Dover Express, 5 January, 2017. By Dean Kilpatrick.

Pub is evacuated after gang of yobs throw smoke bomb.

‘Thank you for ruining a brilliant night for the premises and the customers’.

Hole in the Roof 2017

DOZENS of people had to be evacuated from a packed pub in Deal on Boxing Day after yobs threw a smoke bomb into it.

The attackers, described as “young men”, threw the bomb into The Hole in the Roof on the evening of December 26 - forcing customers to leave the premises while it was ventilated.

Members of staff also suffered smoke inhalation as a result of the incident, with some even having to visit emergency doctors overnight to receive treatment.

A spokesman for the pub said: “We hope everyone had a great Christmas and that the night was not overly ruined due to the stupidity of a few people who had released a green smoke bomb in the premises.

“This resulted in the staff having to follow emergency procedures and evacuate the building to investigate and, of course, ventilate the building in order to continuing trading.

“We are extremely sorry for any inconvenience caused and if anyone has any damages caused by the fumes or has any concerns, feel free to get in touch with us and we can add this information to the police investigation.”

The "Hole in the Roof," in Queen Street, also suffered damage to carpets and an “extreme amount of loss of trade” on what is one of the pub’s busiest nights.

The spokesman added: “To the culprits behind this, unfortunately your actions were caught on CCTY we do have an extremely large number of cameras onsite and you have been seen.

Opportunity.

“We know a number of names involved and we would like to give you the opportunity to approach us to deal with the situation before it goes further.

“We’d also like to say this incident was not by children, but by young men who should know better.

“Thank you for ruining a brilliant night for the premises and the customers, especially in light of what we are currently facing with regards to our noise abatement.”

Posting on Facebook, ‘dee Dave Friend’ hailed members of staff for their “prompt and professional” manner during the evacuation.

Kent Police officers are investigating the incident. Anyone who may have any information is asked to call them on 101, quoting reference ZY/47099/16.

 

Latest news I have heard 20 February 2012, the leasehold is for sale at 200,000.

December 2015, the pub appears to be for sale for 100,000.

Latest news is their last day in operation will be Saturday 15th July 2017. What happens after this date if someone could please let me know I'll advertise it here.

 

From http://www.kentonline.co.uk By Mercury reporter. 16 July 2017.

Hole in the Roof pub in Deal set to close following sale of building.

Hole in the Roof 2017

A pub renowned for its live music will call last orders for the final time at the weekend.

The team at the "Hole in the Roof," celebrated for bringing big name acts to the town, such as The Hoosiers, Wishbone Ash and Electric Six, will say farewell to its punters on Saturday night.

In an emotional announcement, its management said it is with “great regret and sadness” it will be closing.

It follows a difficult period for the Queen Street venue, which was served with a noise abatement order at the end of last year by Dover District Council, but management say the closure is due to it being sold.

“The building has been purchased and announcements will be made via the local press what will happen in the future shortly.

“All the staff and the owners would like to express their warm thanks to all customers and appreciate all the kind thoughts and help towards the noise abatement we have had to face over the last year.”

The order led to live music and entertainment being cancelled temporarily while manager Richard Harris launched an appeal against the decision.

He started a petition calling on the community to support the venue and collected more than 1,700 signatures.

In the document, Mr Harris said the order would have a dramatic impact.

“The premises has operated as a late-night entertainment venue with local and nationally known acts/DJs,” he said at the time.

“Within Deal itself, and the wider area, there is a distinct lack of music venues or safely operated premises which can offer the style of entertainment the "Hole In The Roof" has provided.

“If the noise abatement order continues to overrule the use of music in the premises, the foreseeable future of the premises will be in jeopardy.”

Soundproofing was later installed to enable it to continue as a music venue.

In a message to customers, the management says its final night of trade will be on Saturday, with free entry and drinks offers, and they will stay open until 2am or 3am depending on how busy it is.

Andy Steele, spokesman for Dover District Council, said the "Hole in the Roof" proprietors were contacted in 2014 following complaints about noise at the pub.

“The council worked with the owners to explore solutions but complaints continued and after noise disturbances were witnessed on a number of occasions, a noise abatement notice was served in November 2016,” he said.

“We continue to work with the owners following ongoing concerns from the community about noise levels earlier this year.

“To the best of our knowledge, the premises are closing for refurbishment only.”

 

From the Dover Express, 16 July 2017.

McDonald's rejects drive-thru at closed Deal pub rumours.

MCDONALD’S has addressed rumours it is to open a new drive-thru restaurant in the old Hole In The Roof pub in Deal.

The Hole In The Roof in Queen Street called final last orders last week following a farewell party -sparking gossip among locals that McDonald’s was to move into the premises.

Quashed.

However, a spokesman for the burger giant quashed suggestions it is to move into the old bar in the town centre - but explained it is still hoping to open in Deal and is “monitoring opportunities in the area”.

The spokesman said: “McDonald’s is interested in investing in Deal as we believe this would have a positive impact on the area and provide new jobs for local people. “Whilst there are currently no concrete plans, we continue to monitor for opportunities in the area.”

The rumours came after the Express revealed last year the fast food chain is on the look-out for more places to open drive-thru restaurants in Kent.

McDonald’s listed ten places in Kent where they want to open up on their website, including Deal, Dover and Folkestone.

 

Latest news I have heard it that the pub have been bought by a company called "Stonegate" (of Slugand Lettuce and Yates fame) and who are investing 400,000 on renovations and once complete will be changing the name to the "Queen Street Tap."

 

From the Dover Mercury, 26 July 2017. By Eleanor Perkins.

Beers continue to flow at pub site.

A prominent town centre venue is to carry on as a pub despite speculation it could be Deal’s first McDonald’s.

The Mercury revealed last week that the fast-food giant was not interested in the Hole in the Roof, which closed earlier this month, but details of the new owner were unknown.

This week it emerged that the Queen Street hostelry has been taken over by the Stonegate Pub Company, which own Slug and Lettuce and Yates chains.

However, the "Queen Street Tap" as it will be called will not come under either brand as the firm takes a more independent approach with a focus on craft beers, chic cocktails and handcrafted street food.

They will also offer live music, hi-tech sports viewing and a modem garden.

The pub chain has pledged to fork out 400,000 on renovating the building and create 25 new jobs. Previous staff will also return as part of the deal.

If all goes to plan, it will reopen on Saturday, August 26.

Simon Longbottom, chief executive for Stonegate Pub Company, said: “This is an exciting expansion for Stonegate.

“Creating independent venues, with local people at our core is massively important to us, so to have the privilege of developing a venue demonstrating the love for pubs and craft beer in the area is great.

“We can’t wait to welcome customers, the existing team whose jobs have been saved, and our new recruits.”

Final plans for the opening will be revealed in the coming weeks.

The "Hole in the Roof" shut its doors for the last time in the early hours of Sunday, July 16, following a “well-attended and trouble-free” final night of trade.

Manager Richard Harris, who has been there for three years, said it was with “great regret and sadness” it had been forced to close due to it being sold.

The pub was the "Swan" until the late 1990s and was then renovated, reopening as the "Hole in the Roof" around the turn of the millennium. It gained a reputation as a nightspot and eaterie.

In recent years, under the latest management, it has brought big name acts, such as The Hoosiers, Wishbone Ash and Electric Six, to the town.

It follows a difficult period for the Queen Street venue, which was served with a noise abatement order at the end of last year by Dover District Council.

 

From the Dover Express, 27 July 2017. By Lauren MacDougall

New owners to re-open pub with 400k revamp.

Popular watering hole will change its name but keep all current staff, The Hole in the Roof’s new owner has been revealed.

THE pub chain taking over The Hole In The Roof in Deal has finally been announced.

Stonegate Pub Company will be moving into the former music venue and bar in Deal town centre.

The pub chain has confirmed it is the new owner of the popular pub and has already brought in a transformation team, ploughing a massive 400,000 into creating the newly-named "Queen Street Tap."

Previous employees at The Hole In The Roof will keep their jobs as part of the deal, and 25 additional roles have been created.

Exciting.

Simon Longbottom, chief executive for Stonegate Pub Company, which owns national chains including Slug & Lettuce and Yates’s, said: “This is an exciting expansion for Stonegate. Creating independent venues, with local people at our core is massively important to us, so to have the privilege of developing a venue demonstrating the love for pubs and craft beer in the area is great.

“We can’t wait to welcome customers, the existing team whose jobs have been saved, and our new recruits.”

The Hole In The Roof called its final last orders last week following a farewell party, sparking all sorts of gossip among locals as to what would move into the now empty building.

Stonegate’s announcement comes after speculation in the town that their brands Slug & Lettuce and Yates’s were to move onto the site. Instead, the company will tailor the all-new "Queen Street Tap" to local needs, introducing cutting-edge craft beers, chic cocktails, handcrafted street food, live music and the ultimate in hi-tech sports viewing.

Even the garden is promising to be the best, aiming to wow locals with its modern touches.

According to a spokesman for Stonegate, the company is renowned for its award-winning career paths, training and management, and the chain’s arrival is positive not only for locals who can expect a great service.

McDonald’s was previously rumoured to be taking over Queen Street watering hole. But these whisperings were quickly quashed by the fast food giant.

The venue had been under threat from a noise abatement order - a move which sparked more than 1,200 people to sign a petition in its support.

But management confirmed the closure was due to the building being sold rather than direct enforcement action by Dover District Council.

Final plans for the opening of "Queen Street Tap" will be revealed in coming weeks.

 

LICENSEE LIST

BAILEY Phil 2002+

LYNCH Paul & Kathy 2004-11+

HARVEY Richard May/2015+

HARRIS Richard 2016+

 

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