Shepherd Neame has confirmed it has acquired a new site at Ebbslfeet Garden City, a major strategic development bordering Greater London and Kent.

The brewer and pub operator will build a pub hotel on the site, comprising 17 bedrooms and a 150-cover restaurant and function suite.

It will be located at Castle Hill in the centre of the Eastern Quarry sector of Ebbslfeet Garden City, and once open will bring the total number of bedrooms across Shepherd Neame’s estate to 311.

Located next to Bluewater and nearby major transport links, Ebbsfleet Garden City is the largest housing, employment and infrastructure project in the South East and will see the delivery of 15,000 new homes within the next ten years.

Chief executive Jonathan Neame said: “This is an exciting project at the heart of a major development in North Kent at the strategic crossroads between London and the Garden of England.”

Construction is expected to start in late 2019 ready for opening mid-2020.

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