St Lawrence Tavern in Ramsgate announces reopening date

The pub closed on August 12 Image David Anstiss/ Creative Commons Licence.

The St Lawrence Tavern in Ramsgate will reopen to punters on February 1.

The pub, in St Lawrence High Street, shut on August 12 with the departure of tenants Tony and Heidi Haywood who had been at the helm for more than 12 years.

But now Mel Stanley, who has worked at the Red Lion in St Peter’s for the past five years, is taking the reins of the boozer.

Mel will be joined by her best friend Malcolm Gallagher who enters the pub trade for the first time.

Mel said: “Malcolm is a painter and decorator so he is having a complete career change. For me it is a step up, I have been at the Red Lion for five years and was bar manager for the last three but now I am taking on a bigger pub.

“”We are going to be doing food seven days a week, We are a traditional sports bar with football but also pool and darts, and we want to get in local bands.”

Charlotte Ager, from Alexis Pubs and Bars, said the site has had a complete revamp.

The 29-year-old, who also looks after pubs including the Hare and Hounds, said: “We have had all the flooring ripped out and converted the back room into a games area. We have taken the doors out to bring it all into one big area, so it is a bot more open and family friendly.”

The opening will feature singer Chris Daley, who recently appeared on The Voice auditions,  and a charity art auction for MIND.

The opening is on February 1 from 8pm. Find the event page here


  1. The 8 months of peace free from the excessive amount of drinks, violence and drugs in the area are coming to an end it seems. As a person who lives near to the pub, the hooliganism with the regulars constantly taking drugs in the alley, at least when they were not urinating in it, and the drunkards stumbling out at 1 in the morning were terrible to live near.

    I hope the new landlord and landlady can respect the local residents with low noise, a good grapple on bad behaviour of patrons and an outreach to everyone. If so, they will find much business from the residents themselves.

  2. Well done Mel! All the very best of luck with this new venture, and personally I will be at the front of the queue for a Sunday roast if your going to put it on!

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