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Second Kent pub bought by co-owners of the Poet at Matfield


Local business couple Chris and Debbie Salter are expanding their hospitality enterprise with the purchase of Stile Bridge pub & restaurant.

The co-owners of the Poet at Matfield have added a second business to their collection with the purchase of the pub in Staplehurst Road, Marden, off a guide price of £725,000. The deal was managed by Colliers.

The 100+ cover restaurant and bar, with additional events room, was previously owned by Lynda Desmarais’ who had not reopened the business after the first COVID-19 lockdown as she wanted to focus on other interests.

She said: “While I’ve enjoyed running the bar and restaurant, my other business interests in the region have grown and my attention has been focused elsewhere. When the pandemic started it gave me an opportunity to reassess my priorities and I decided that I no longer wanted to divide my attention with Stile Bridge, and thought that it was right that someone else had the opportunity to make it their own."

Based just five miles south of Maidstone, the traditional pub has lots of historic features, as well as a snug. It sits within the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty of the Kent Downs and High Weald.

Chris Salter added: “Stile Bridge is a lovely traditional pub building and has lots of scope to expand with events in the function room as well as plenty of outdoor space. We are looking forward to firming up our plans for the place, and making it a new destination for the area.”

Paul Barrasford, director in the Hotels Agency team at Colliers, who handled the sale added: “We received a considerable amount of interest from a broad range of buyers, but I’m delighted that we’ve been able to provide an opportunity for someone with local experience to take on this business. Chris, Debbie and their team are very experienced operators, it will be exciting to see the Stile Bridge reopen and I’m sure the business will go from strength to strength.”

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I'm a communications professional who has previously worked as a journalist for eight years covering a broad range of topics including politics, crime, health and housing in north London. In recent years I have worked in corporate communications for local authorities across London  and joined Colliers in October 2019, initially providing maternity leave cover.

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