The Kings Head, Bessels Green has been pulling in the pounds as well as the pints as the pub enjoyed record figures in its first weeks of opening.
The Westerham Road pub, took almost £30,000 in its first full week of trading with trade continuing to boom as the Kings Head had its busiest Monday (7 April) with takings of £3,000. It’s the eighth pub in the estate of local, independent pub operator Whiting & Hammond and re-opened following a £750,000 investment, creating 30 new jobs.
The pub also celebrated its re-launch with the appointment of manager, Paul Giles, who now leads the 30-strong team. Paul has joined the King’s Head from the Cricketers in Meopham and brings with him a wealth of experience having started his career with Whiting & Hammond at the Friday Street Farm back in 2007, before moving on to open the Cricketers Inn in November 2011.
Whiting & Hammond co-founder Brian Whiting said: “We are delighted with the feedback and response to the Kings Head, which has been overwhelmingly positive. We were confident the pub would be successful, but in some ways you hope to build sites up slowly rather than go out roaring, although I’m not complaining.”
The Kings Head’s changing daily menu uses fresh locally sourced ingredients and the bar also features a selection from local brewers Larkins, Tonbridge and Westerham Breweries.
The investment has been carried out in partnership with national pub operator, Punch Taverns, which owns the property and has leased the site to Whiting & Hammond for 15 years.