The Jolly Farmer in Manston has been put on the market by brewery Stonegate less than a year after old school friends Danny Wisker and Bobby Brown took the helm.
The duo officially took over on September 19, 2022 and revamped the menu to attract in new and old customers.
Danny, who is also manager of a demolition firm, was front of house lead while chef Bobby, who has worked with Gordon Ramsay and headed up venues in towns including Chislehurst and Tunbridge Wells, took charge of the food.
But in a shock announcement yesterday it was revealed brewery Stonegate is advertising the tenancy once more.
A statement issued on the Jolly Farmer facebook page says: “Due to some unforeseen circumstances The Jolly Farmer has been placed on the market by the Brewery, Stonegate Group.
“This sadly means Danny Wisker and Bobby Brown will no longer be a part of the pub.
Danny, alongside Aimee Sanham, will continue to manage the pub until the end of August when the new owners will be appointed.
“All events and bookings in July/August will continue as planned.
“We want to say a big massive thank you for the amazing custom old and new for the amazing support we’ve received over the last ten months.
“We like to think we made everyone feel welcome and a part of the Jolly Family.
“Also a big thank you to the amazing staff, you’ve all been a big part of the process. Without you guys nothing is possible. Thank you.
“We’re sorry and truly gutted it’s ended this way but it’s out of our hands now.
“We’d like to think we’ll leave here knowing that The Jolly Farmer has gained a good reputation again that it’s been lacking for so many years.”
Former Margate FC footballer Danny, who was a Big Brother contestant back in 2015, paired up with former East Kent College student Bobby to bring back the ‘village pub’ atmosphere at The Jolly Farmer and had built up a loyal customer base.
Anyone with bookings for after August will be contacted.
Stonegate is now advertising a five-year fixed term tenancy with a guide rent of £45,000 pa and a suggested potential turnover :of £585,000 pa