Historic Canterbury pub plans for makeover

Canterbury City Council recently gave the go ahead for the City Arms pub to be refurbished. 

The pub owner has been granted permission to relocate its second-floor kitchen, insert new bathrooms, an internal and external paint job, and to remove a kitchen wall.

The refurb will see the pub looking chic with new candle lights being fitted and surrounded by painted walls in dark oak varnish. The old vinyl floors will be ripped out and replaced with real wooden floorboards. The city centre pub will also have a brand new roof-light.

“Customers to be able to see how we prepare food in the kitchen”

Mr Pourzad Mashayekh, the owner, stated that: “We would keep wooden structures but would like to remove plasterboards on two kitchen walls on first floor.

“This is in order for restaurant customers to be able to see how we prepare food in the kitchen.”

The Grade II Listed Building was added to Canterbury’s statutory list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest in 1969 and the new proposed rennovations were met with only one opposing public comment on September 14, 2018.

The pub is located on 7 Butchery Lane, just off of the main High Street.

The comment stated: “I am commenting as Minutes Secretary for the Canterbury Heritage Design Forum (CHDF) formerly Canterbury Conservation Advisory Committee (CCAC) who considered this application at their meeting held on 13 September 2018 and have the following comments:

“Everything that was replaced after this building suffered a fire was recreated as an exact replica from before. Can the heritage officer ensure that the proposal does not remove any ancient fabric.

“The roof light needs to be smaller and therefore enabling the rafters to be left in place and not be cut.

“CHDF don’t believe that the wall removal proposed on the first floor, next to the chimney breast, can be achieved.

“Without amendments, CHDF register a formal objection to this proposal and the cutting away of 16th Century primary timber framing – and will send a speaker to the planning committee.”

After several revisions and permission granted the property will soon be refurbished.

The owner has been contacted for a statement.

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Brittany Tijou-Smith

Brittany is a third year Multimedia Journalism student, her work has been featured on KentLive and KentOnline. Her filming work also won ‘Documentary of the Year 2018’ at Canterbury Christ Church University.

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