The Fat Ox family-owned pub in St Michael’s, Tenterden has undergone a major overhaul

It really is a family affair in a Shepherd Neame pub – after a third generation joined the team at the newly refurbished 18th century inn.

Carole Lofthouse, who has been licensed at Fat Ox in Tenterden for almost nine years, was joined by her son Shane Owens, who works as a chef at the pub.

Shane Owens, Carole Lofthouse, Dylan Owens, three generations working at The Fat Ox pub in Tenterden. Photo: shepherd Neame

Now Carole’s grandson Dylan Owens has also joined the team as a kitchen porter – just in time for the Ashford Road site to unveil a major renovation to its customers.

“We are starting over,” Carole said. “We reopened with a completely different business – we are heading in a new direction.

“We weren’t providing food before so it’s quite a change for us to have a full menu.

“After Shane joined us this summer, the feedback was very positive, so we decided to launch a larger menu and offer food more often. We also have other projects underway. “

The homemade menu, which uses local ingredients where possible, includes traditional dishes such as fish and chips, bangers, and mash and burgers.

The Fat Ox in Tenterden has just undergone a major overhaul.  Photo: Berger Néame
The Fat Ox in Tenterden has just undergone a major overhaul. Photo: shepherd Neame
Carole Lofthouse is the owner of Fat Ox in St Michael's, Tenterden.  Photo: Berger Néame
Carole Lofthouse is the owner of Fat Ox in St Michael’s, Tenterden. Photo: shepherd Neame

There are also plans to make the pub more of a community center, with events like a coffee club on Thursday mornings and a knit ‘n’ natter band.

A series of craft fairs is also planned in October, November and December.

Carole said: “We hope that our new menu and our new range of events will help to ensure that our pub is at the heart of its community.”

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