Bar at Ramsgate’s Racing Greyhound to reopen for business on Friday

Landlords Debbie and Keith Barnett

The doors of the Racing Greyhound pub in Ramsgate will reopen – for drinks only – this Friday (October 20).

The pub was closed after a kitchen fire on Sunday (October 15). Due to areas having no electricity or hot water landlords Debbie and Keith Barnett announced the closure while work to make repairs took place. It was thought the venue could be shut for up to six weeks.

But now the couple say  issues with the electrics and hot water have been fixed and although the kitchen remains shut while repairs are underway, the bar will be back open for business.

On facebook, they said: “We are happy to announce that now electric and hot water issues have been fixed, we can reopen this Friday for drinks only.

“The kitchen is a work in progress, which the staff have been working on whilst we are closed so it is empty and ready for the builders.

“Whilst we will be open for drinks only, we ask for everyone’s support. We are planning on live music nights from performers to DJs, and would love to host any community quizzes, events or cold buffets whilst we have the availability.

“By using the pub, you help us pay wages, pay our local suppliers, and honestly, keep our staff occupied during this time. They love their jobs, and feel lost whilst the doors are closed.”

Crews at the scene Photo Frank Leppard

Kent Fire and Rescue Service was called to reports of the fire at 11.10am last Sunday.

Four fire engines attended and crews wearing breathing apparatus used hose reel jets and main jets to extinguish the flames.

The incident was later reduced to two fire engines as crews dampened down at the scene. No injuries were reported.

Landlords Debbie and Keith Barnett have been at the Greyhound for 16 years and  have a loyal following of regulars, families, diners and community support. They also head up The Bell Inn at Minster, which they took over in 2019, Lesters which they took on this year and the Jolly Farmer at Manston which is not currently open.


  1. Just a suggestion… but how about supplying pork pies? I’ll certainly pop in there for a pint if they do.

  2. Hope all goes well for you and the staff and I hope you be back full time again soon see you soon Michael

  3. What a disaster for you both, hope to come along when you are doing your delicious food. Keep going Debbie and Keith, we need you to open those doors asap.

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