A brand new restaurant that will give a major boost to the local hospitality industry will open in Folkestone later this year.
Anne’s Restaurant was created by Folkestone College on the corner of its campus at Shorncliffe Road, and will provide training opportunities for aspiring chefs and dining professionals, as well as 22 jobs for locals.
The EKC Group, which operates Folkestone College, has already seen success with its four-star Broadstairs hotel and restaurant, The Yarrow, which offers Thanet students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a commercial setting alongside a professional staff.
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For students studying catering and hospitality at Folkestone College, the new restaurant, named after Anne Leese, the group’s recently retired Deputy CEO, will help strengthen the link between university education and the hospitality industry.
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Anne’s Restaurant General Manager Steven Hayes said, “I am very proud to be building a team for Anne’s launch later this year.
“My team and I are excited to help inspire the next generation of hospitality professionals and give them the best start for their future.
“We look forward to welcoming the community through our doors and sharing our delicious new menu.”
Construction of the building has been underway for a few months, but it is now in the final stages of development and is expected to open this year.
The EKC Group said Anne’s Restaurant would provide a “relaxed dining experience in a comfortable contemporary setting”.
It is the latest addition to the group’s business services portfolio, which also includes the Canterbury College Sports Center and a number of community nurseries, lounges and cafes in East Kent.
For more information, visit www.ekcgroup.ac.uk.