Extensive £1.2m renovation project sees pub with rooms open five new rooms


A Shepherd Neame pub with rooms in Chatham has reopened following an extensive three-month refurbishment costing £1.2m.

The Ship and Trades at Chatham Maritime, which originally dates back from 1875, was taken over by the pub group in 2001 and transformed into a bar, restaurant and hotel.

The recent project has seen the creation of five new bedrooms on the first floor, two with waterfront balconies, taking the hotel’s total number of bedrooms to 15.

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All the bedrooms at The Ship and Trades have been renovated and give a contemporary new look as a result of the work.

On the ground floor, a new wrap-around restaurant with floor to ceiling windows has been designed, which can hold 80 additional diners.

The main contractor for the work was Turveys, with interior design and project management by the Design Management Partnership, architecture by Canterbury-based Lee Evans Partnership, and quantity surveying by PSE Associates.

Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame said: “We are delighted to unveil this major new development, our second biggest refurbishment project to date. The Ship and Trades boasts a unique location in Chatham Maritime, which has become a vibrant place to live, work, and visit, and we wanted to maximise its potential.



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