Chain pub to reopen with different name after management buyout

NEW ERA: Pitcher & Piano will relaunch as The Manor House

Pitcher & Piano, the popular pub chain located at 3-5 Church Road in Tunbridge Wells, is set to become a locally-run and owned bar after its General Manager of 23 years, Shahpur Sherazi, purchased his share of the business.

Shahpur – or ‘Shaps’ as he is also known – will be partnering with Marstons Brewery to launch the newly-named Manor House at the end of this month.

The revamped venue will boast a brand-new kitchen, first-floor pub and basement club, which will regularly host special entertainment nights. The bar will continue to trade as Pitcher & Piano until the last weekend of November.

In a social media post, the Pitcher & Piano team praised its long-standing staff, some of whom have worked there since it opened 24 years ago. The post read: “The last few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind, but we have some exciting news to share with you all… Today, Shaps has purchased his share & partnered with Marstons to bring the bar into a new era. This means we will be re-branding from a large chain to a locally run business with the people of Tunbridge Wells at the forefront of what we do.”

The chain has been trading in Tunbridge Wells for 24 years, having opened in 1999.

The post went on to note that since its launch in 1999, the Pitcher & Piano team has stayed ‘consistent’ with a lot of the management, bar staff, chefs and door staff being there since day one.

“The scary part is that our children (who actually learnt how to walk on our infamous dance floor) are now a part of the team!” added the Pitcher & Piano spokesperson.

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