Ramsgate’s Racing Greyhound duo take third pub under their wing – and make a donation to QEQM Special Care Baby Unit

Landlords Debbie and Keith Barnett

Landlords of the Racing Greyhound, Debbie and Keith Barnett, have added to their growing pub portfolio by taking over Lesters in Margate.

The parents-of-two have been at the Greyhound for almost 16 years and  transformed custom at the Hereson Road pub with a loyal following of regulars, families, diners and community support, including providing a meeting room for many local groups and charities.

In 2019 they took on The Bell Inn at Minster after discovering the lease was available and this month the duo have taken over Lesters -a pub they ran for some 12 years until 2005.

The Ramsgate Road pub is being managed by Zoe Goodwill and Danny Jeffery and some changes to opening hours and the kitchen have been made.

Debbie said: “The pub holds many happy memories for us and we are excited to meet the community and recreate some of the Racing Greyhound magic over in Lesters.”

Recruitment for some new staff took place before a ‘new management’ part on January 13.

Opening hours are 10am- 11:30pm 7 days a week along with food being served daily from noon -9pm (6pm Sundays).

Find Lesters on facebook here

Back at The Racing Greyhound and the pair, along with their staff, have made a presentation to charity from their Christmas fundraiser,

Danielle Neligan from East Kent Hospital Charity Tiny Toes was presented with a cheque for £1257.80p,

East Kent Hospitals Trust charity Tiny Toes helps to support families whose babies are in QEQM Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU). The pub held a raffle, with the top prize being a wheelbarrow of booze, and other fundraising  included a coin drop and balance 20p on a lemon.

Gavin Jeffries, bar manager, said: “I chose Tiny Toes as the 2022 Christmas charity because the pub always supports a local charity and at that time of year, families with babies  receiving treatment in SCBU deserved to be remembered at a time that is associated most with young children.”

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  1. Having been to The Racing Greyhound for the first time for many, many years just recently for a lunch time main meal I can verify just how welcoming the pub and restaurant were with the food being of a great standard.
    I wish Keith and Debbie all good fortune with their reacquaintance with Lester’s. It is in good hands, I am sure .

  2. Welcome both of you. Please don’t take of the menu the loaded chilli nachos! Pleaseeee!
    Wishing you great success in Lester’s.

  3. Congratulations to Debbie and Keith on taking back Lester’s pub / restaurant again and you deserve the credit. You have always put your customers first and have given great service. Well done.
    From the Independent Vindicatrix of East Kent Association – M.N.

  4. They are friendly and the food they serve is very good BUT I do wish they would expand their vegetarian menu!!!!! It is SO easy to do this. I would go more often if they would.

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