The Royal on Ramsgate’s Harbour Parade will not open on Saturday nights with immediate effect, it has been announced today.
It means events advertised for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve are cancelled.
A message posted on The Royal’s social media page says: “It is with great regret that we have made a tough decision to cease trading on Saturday nights with immediate effect.
“We will not be open on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve as previously advertised. We are still trading daily from 10am-7pm until further notice.”
The pub has been part of the Thorley Taverns stable for many years but has been going through the process of being sold.
Plans for the site were lodged with Thanet council back in June.
Applicant Jamie Copland wants to demolish part of the existing building and erect a five-storey side extension with recessed balconies, single storey roof extension and roof terrace. He also wants to add a new three-storey building to rear to provide 8 apartments and rearrange two existing apartments and reduce the scale of the current commercial unit housing The Royal pub.
A decision on the application has not yet been made.
In October Thorley Taverns director Phil Thorley told The Isle of Thanet News that the company is focusing on investment on its existing estate.
He added: “The late night (economy) in Ramsgate, and everywhere, has changed. We have been looking at that change and a change of direction and are investing in our existing estate, spending lots of money inside and outside on different venues.”