Ramsgate pub celebrates bar refurb five months after it was hit in two-car smash

A Ramsgate pub is having an open weekend of live music to celebrate the opening of its refurbished bar almost five months after two cars smashed into the building.

The crash happened in the early hours of November 26 following a police chase.

Police were pursuing a black Vauxhall Viva travelling in Margate Road after it failed to stop when requested to do so by officers at 2.13am.

The vehicle was involved in a collision with a silver Peugeot 307 at the junction of Margate Road and Newington Road at 2.18am.

Emergency services at the scene Photo Louise Humphrys

Both cars then hit the Hare and Hounds pub, on the corner of Northwood Road.

The Peugeot driver, a 40-year-old man from Thanet, was taken to hospital with an arm injury after fire crews cut him free from the vehicle.

A 20-year-old man from Ramsgate, suspected to be the driver of the Vauxhall, was uninjured.

Luckily no staff or customers were involved. The pub remained open after being cleared by structural engineers but could only use the back bar.

Photo Lucy Stillman

Now work on refurbishing the main bar is complete and an opening weekend will be held from April 20-22.

The band line up includes the newly renamed Collateral, who are due to release their debut single next month.

The fun kicks off at midday on Friday, April 20.

Line up

Friday from 9pm – Collateral

Saturday from 9pm – Nightwatch’

Sunday from 6pm – Brad Pittance acoustic set

Weekend drink offers Fosters, Carking, Worthington’s, Strongbow Original and Cask Ales Only £2.50

Find the Hare & Hounds facebook page here