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Sidcup’s renewal has received a further boost with the news that Marston’s have bought the leasehold interest in Sidcup Place.

Marston’s are proposing to substantially refurbish the building and operate it as one of their popular Rotisserie pub restaurants.

“We are delighted that Marston’s have acquired Sidcup Place and that they have made a long-term commitment to the town,” said Cllr Linda Bailey, the Council’s Cabinet member for Regeneration & Growth. “Recent years have seen significant investment in the town centre and a much wider choice of places to eat out. I am sure the arrival of Marston’s will attract even more trade to the area and we look forward to working with them.”

Marston’s is still developing its plans for the premises and the refurbishment is unlikely to take place until the autumn, or possibly early next year. Planning permission and listed building consent may be required.

The company is the world’s largest brewer of cask ales and operates more than 1,700 pubs in the UK. It acquired the lease to Sidcup Place from Whitbread, who traded for nearly 20 years under their Brewers Fayre brand.

Sidcup Place was built in the 18th century and used for many years as a family home and later as a school. It was bought by Chislehurst and Sidcup Urban District Council in 1934 as home for the new combined local authority and is now owned by the London Borough of Bexley.