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The Cider Works reopens near Waldershare, Dover, after massive fire three years

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A pub has relaunched after years of fire damage repairs, now boasting on-site accommodation.

The Cider Works, just off the A256 near Waldershare, Dover, saw a large fire tear through the building in 2018.

The Cider Works has been returned to its former glory, with a modern makeover inside
The Cider Works has been returned to its former glory, with a modern makeover inside

Despite hopes of relaunching quickly, the extensive damage coupled with heavy rain meant the now-roofless pub had to close for good.

Being sold the next year to Jodie and Guy South the following year, two years of renovations then took place.

Mrs South said: “We have been working really hard to bring this iconic venue back to life as it has been serving the community of Waldershare since 1794 and is the only public house in the village.

“We are passionate about the produce of Kent and all our food and drinks behind the bar will celebrate the best of Kent with gluten free and vegan options always available.

Jodie South getting the keys to the wrecked building in 2019
Jodie South getting the keys to the wrecked building in 2019
The roof and ceiling had to be completely rebuilt after the 2018 fire
The roof and ceiling had to be completely rebuilt after the 2018 fire

“We are delighted to be working with small and large suppliers throughout the county from Kentish Pip Cider and Chapel Down Wines to Canterbury Cheeses and Solley’s Ice Cream there will be plenty of gorgeous treats to enjoy.”

Currently the owners are looking for a full time chef, but a wide lunch menu is still available with meat and cheese boards available throughout the day.

Coffee and cakes are on offer in the morning Thursdays to Sundays with gluten free and vegan options provided by the talented team from the Lane Bakery Deal.

In the long run, the couple hope to feature guest chefs who will take over the kitchen for an evening and present speciality dishes.

On-site accommodation is now available in the form of five shepherds' huts
On-site accommodation is now available in the form of five shepherds’ huts

The Cider Works – previously known as the High and Dry – is also being offered as a location for weddings, with three licensed ceremony areas on-site and the option to have anything from a hog roast to a barbecue or fine dining wedding breakfast.

Another venture the Souths have started is holiday accommodation.

Five individually-styled shepherds’ huts have been installed and can be booked through the pub’s website.

The huts have a central fire pit, and are each equipped with a small kitchen so short breaks can be self-catered too.

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