High demand sparks £1m expansion at Shepherd Neame pub


A popular pub in Kent owned by Shepherd Neame is to undergo a £1m expansion in response to an increase in demand for more bedrooms and dining space.

The Ship and Trades, situated at Chatham Maritime, has started work on a new larger conservatory that will wrap around the side of the building and become home to a new ground floor area to hold 80 people and five new bedrooms.

The pub will close for two months on February 29 and is scheduled to reopen in the first week of May.

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When complete, there will also be a new glass-fronted cask cellar and online table booking will be available for the first time.

The five new bedrooms, two with waterfront balconies, will add to the property’s 11 bedrooms, one of which is being removed to allow for a major expansion and renovation of the kitchen.

The building was first constructed in 1875 to house dockyard offices and an engineering shop.

It was taken over by Shepherd Neame in 2001 and then transformed into a bar, restaurant and hotel.