Shepherd Neame has begun work on a £500,000 refurbishment project at its Marine Hotel, in Tankerton near Whitstable.

The hotel, which boasts impressive sea views, is to undergo a substantial transformation of its bar and lounge area, restaurant, reception and Orangery.

The Orangery is to be doubled in size. Reception will also be expanded, taking over some of the area currently used by the restaurant. New lighting, décor and furniture will be introduced throughout, with the aim of creating a more stylish, relaxed environment.

The project is expected to take around three months, but the 30-bedroom hotel will remain open while the work is completed.

Nigel Bunting, director of retail and tenanted operations at Shepherd Neame, said: “It has been almost five years since we undertook a major transformation of the Marine Hotel, and we felt that it was time for it to be refreshed.

“The site continues to be one of our most popular venues, so the expansion of the Orangery will also provide much-needed additional space.”

 

Marine Hotel Tankerton interior

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