Shepherd Neame riverside pub, The Boathouse, in Yalding, has re-opened following a £1.3 million transformation.

A new glass-fronted restaurant offers stunning views of the River Medway, and a raised exterior terrace now leads on to a large decked area for al fresco dining.

An extensive internal and external refurbishment has been carried out, with new lighting and furniture and nautically-themed décor. A snug area has also been created, offering private dining for up to 12 people.

Fresh, hand-stretched stone-baked pizzas are a speciality at The Boathouse, available to eat in or take away, along with a menu of pub classics, served from noon until 9pmMonday to Sunday. Brunch is available from 10am on Saturdays and Sundays.

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There is an extensive range of drinks on offer, including beer and cider on draught and in bottle, a selection of premium wines, spirits and cocktails, and coolers and smoothies. A new coffee station has been installed serving freshly ground Eros Fairtrade coffee, available to take away, along with a full hot drinks menu.

The car park has been expanded, now offering 24 spaces, and for customers arriving on the water, there are a number of boat moorings, along with a custom-built kayak store.

Formerly named The Anchor, the pub was renamed The Boathouse to reflect its riverside location.

The pub’s refurbishment has provided a jobs boost for the area, with new general manager, Kelly Britcher, and deputy manager, Hayley Willis, appointing 20 new members of full- and part-time staff.

Shepherd Neame’s director of retail and tenanted operations, Nigel Bunting, said: “We are delighted to unveil this exciting new development. The Boathouse boasts an enviable waterfront setting, and we are confident that it will prove a popular destination in which to drink and dine.”

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