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New look at The White Horse, Hawkinge

PUBLISHED: 13:57 28 February 2019

New faces at historic Hawkinge hostelry

New faces at historic Hawkinge hostelry

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There are new faces behind the bar at historic pub The White Horse in Hawkinge, which has reopened after a £200,000 transformation

There are new faces behind the bar at historic pub The White Horse in Hawkinge, which has reopened after a £200,000 transformation. Licensees Nikki Richens and Mark Godfrey took over the pub last month. “Our vision for the pub is to ensure it is a friendly, community hub for the village,” says Nikki.

Work at the Shepherd Neame pub, which dates back to the 1800s, included decorating throughout, refurbishing the main bar and toilets, and introducing new furniture and feature lighting.

A new games area with pool and darts table has been created, and a log-burning stove added in the dining area.

Outside, the pub has been repainted and its front garden has been extended to accommodate more seating.

The conservatory at the rear of the pub has been demolished, and there is also a new patio and seating area.

“Food wasn’t served at the pub before we took over, so making sure people know about our new menu is one of our top priorities,” says Mark. Head chef Tim Hopkinson leads the kitchen team, serving traditional pub classics along with daily specials.

The first ale was poured by retired graphic designer David Gates, 70, who has been drinking at the pub for 50 years.

“The White Horse has been my local for many years so I was delighted to be asked to pull the first pint,” he said.

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