Who is behind the bar at the Tankerton Arms?

As part of our ipledge campaign we are featuring two of our lovely local pubs one in Tankerton and one in Whitstable. Here is Jon’s story at the Tankerton Arms.

My name is Jon and I run The Tankerton Arms.
Tell us about the business?
We are a small community-focused pub, specialising in Real Ale and Craft Beers sourced from local brewers.
What are you looking forward to most after lockdown?
I’ve really missed the buzz and atmosphere of people chatting in the pub, I’m looking forward to having that back and being a part of it again.
How will you keep customers safe on your return?
The safety of our staff and customers is paramount and as such we’ve installed dividers in between the tables creating “booths”, which we clean after customers leave. We’ve also put hand sanitizer on tables and all-round the pub that we encourage customers to use. We’ve created a waiting area to allow customers to pass at a safe distance on the way to the toilets, and we’ve reduced the number of customers we can have round a table to allow for social distancing.
Why did you choose Tankerton for your business?
We opened up here because there has always been a strong local community in Tankerton, which is exactly what a micropub like ours needs. It wasn’t until after we opened that we found out just how large that community is.
What has been keeping you busy during lockdown?
Throughout lockdown I’ll be getting on with some of the jobs that I don’t normally get a chance to do when the pub is open, I might even get a bit of re-decorating done. It’s been a while since the walls have had a nice coat of paint!
Are you offering deliveries?
Unfortunately, we’re not currently offering a delivery service. It has been something I’ve been looking into since the first lockdown, but it’s never seemed viable. Although, I am still looking into it and it might be something we can offer in the future.