Could Ashford town centre be getting a new lease of night life?

We are about to see the opening of the new Picture House at Elwick place which will eventually have a number of restaurants alongside, no doubt national chains, but that is yet to be seen.

But it is the independents that are of real interest. The Taproom TN23 in bank street has been a great addition to the town, offering a wide range of craft beers for the real ale connoisseurs along with their sourdough pizzas which are really worth a try.

Then we have the Made Inn at the former music shop in New Rents, a micro bar on steroids. This great little bar offers a great range of ales and food, practically all of which is produced in Kent. It is a bit like a tardis, walk in to the tiny bar area, where a total stranger is bound to speak to you, but then venture into the main seating area and it has a certain rustic charm, but it doesn’t end there, you can go out on to the covered patio if you prefer a bit more space. The Made Inn now hosts regular quiz nights and live music nights. 

Next weekend sees the opening of the Glass House, which will be offering local wines, beers and gins, including Chapel Down, Romney Marsh Beers, Old Dairy Ale, Biddenden Wine, Anno Gins and much, much more. The Glass House is also promising live music, comedy and burlesque nights, gin tasting and exclusive, exciting experiences.

Middle Row is to get a new wine bar if planning approval is given and the John Wallis Pub has applied to create nine guest rooms in the upper floors along with a new basement bar.

Hopefully this is the beginning of a new era for the town centre, coupled with the new cinema, hotels, coffee shops, and eateries, perhaps Ashford town centre will soon be able to compete with the out of town venues as an entertainment and leisure destination in its own right.

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  • Walter John Davies

    8 months ago / 7th November 2018 @ 6:37 pm

    These are really good news, but no mention of the refurbished Swan with good beer and good food home-cooked, live acoustic music most Thursdays, or the Cafe de Paris, opening at the end of this week on North Street, both good places to add to life in the evenings.
    Where’s the Glass House?

    • MIKE

      8 months ago / 7th November 2018 @ 7:59 pm

      Good question, where is it ?

    • Admin

      8 months ago / 7th November 2018 @ 9:41 pm

      Thanks for your comments @jimdavies and @mikebiggles . You are so right that there are other great venues around the town and will make sure to give them a shout out in a future post.
      The Glass House is at the former job centre building at 22 High St.

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