The landlord of the Jolly Sailor in central Canterbury is calling an end to his time at the famous pub.
Ian Blackmore, who has been at the premises at the corner of Northgate and Broad Street for a decade, identified spiralling rents as a major factor behind his decision.
The pub is popular with students and has been packed as freshers descended on the city to begin their university lives.
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Writing on Facebook, Mr Blackmore said: “On August 30 we were mightily proud to have reached 10 years at The Jolly Sailor – it’s been one hell of a voyage.
“But unfortunately our time at this port has come to an end. Due to rising pressure put upon us, including a huge rent increase moving forward, our time here in Northgate has finished.
“We have looked at all options to stay but these matters are out of our control so it’s time for one chapter to close but another one to open.
“It’s been a pleasure and an honour to have been the clubhouse for over 16 sports teams and home to over a dozen arts groups and so many musicians. Thank you all for your support throughout these years.”
Mr Blackmore says that his company will continue to provide catering services at events, including the bar at the Canterbury Christmas Market.
Tomorrow (Saturday) will see it hold a huge leaving party starting at midday.
Mr Blackmore added: “But it’s not about sinking the ship, it’s about pulling up anchors and sailing to somewhere new. Keep your eyes on the horizon as the good ship Jolly Sailor will be popping up time and again across this great city.
“Thank you all for your continued support and for sailing with us these last 10 years. Without our shipmates and our wonderful crew none of this would have been and will be possible.”