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The Thomas Becket is a historic high-street pub, nestled in the very heart of Canterbury. It reopened last week, unveiling its transformed look following a £156K investment by independent pub operators Punch Pubs & Co.

The investment has renewed the Thomas Becket’s iconic identity, reinstating its handsome character, including its exposed brick feature walls and roaring fires.

The investment has also introduced quirky new details including a display of local artwork, pew bench seating and reclaimed panelled back bar giving a nod to its name after the famous 12th century Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Thomas Becket now has a refreshed exterior, without compromising its effortlessly traditional look and feel that transcends inside the pub.

Guests are promised an authentic pub experience, where they can enjoy a pint of local craft beer, or a fresh G&T in this vibrant yet relaxed environment.

Experienced Management Partner Nick Ranhem is taking the helm, with the help of Manager Kevin, and the investment also created the opportunity for the recruitment of a new local team who are thrilled to welcome guests back to the pub.

Outside, the pub’s hidden courtyard has been reinstated, hosting a beautiful sun trap, magnificent plants and festoon lighting, making it a real hidden gem within this bustling city.


When speaking about the investment, Nick says, “We are so proud to be reopening the historic Thomas Becket, it’s such a characterful building and we are looking forward to amplifying that with the team on site.

“We’ve got something for everyone, from brilliant local beers to a banging G&T, as well as all the pub classics from the kitchen.

Operations Director Robin Belither says, “We’re thrilled with the new look this investment has created at the iconic Thomas Becket. This is a fantastic pub, right in the heart of bustling Canterbury, and the transformation has really bought the pub back to its roots, offering the locals and visitors a brilliant Great British Pub to relax and recharge in.”

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