Published: Wednesday, 13th March 2019

Chatham will soon welcome a new café in the old fire station.

Cooling Castle Barn will be taking over the lease to the property in the heart of Chatham.

The new business in New Cut will complement the town centre placemaking works which are nearing completion.

Medway Council has invested heavily in Chatham town centre and its transformation is already attracting more businesses and shops to the high street.

A fantastic location in the heart of Chatham

Cllr Adrian Gulvin, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Resources, said: “We are extremely pleased that we will soon welcome a new all-day restaurant in the old fire arches - it’s a fantastic location in the heart of Chatham. We have invested heavily in Chatham town centre and carried out a number of improvement works to make it a more attractive and enjoyable place for people to live and visit. It is great news that new businesses are already being attracted to the area.

“Chatham is steeped in history and during the improvement works to this site our contractors found a cannon, thought to date back to the 18th Century, in the arches which is now being restored at Fort Amherst.

“The new café will enhance what the town centre already has on offer and it is due to be open from early in the morning, over lunchtime and into the evening. We wish Rebecca and the team all the best for the future.”

A warm and welcoming environment

Rebecca Collins, from Cooling Castle Barn, will be taking over the lease.

She said: “Our team are excited to be bringing a new all day eatery to Chatham. The fire station café will deliver a warm and welcoming environment, with inviting food options and fantastic coffee from 7am for our commuters, local residents and incoming visitors. Engaging with the vibrant evening economy we look forward to delivering a thoughtful and eclectic ambiance with ambitious cocktails, craft beers, mouth-watering food and live music.

“Medway is a vibrant, brilliant place to live and work, and we know that this communal space will add to the colourful tapestry of local businesses in the area.”

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