HOPES are high that The Bun Penny pub will soon be restored to a venue of which Herne Bay can be proud. Destroyed by fire in September 2011, it was bought last summer by Ernie Tefvik, owner of Ernie’s Plaice fish-and-chip shop in Whitstable, reportedly with a view to creating a family restaurant and luxury flats. In the meantime, however, it was decided that a little colour was needed to deflect attention from its sorry state. Step in Friends of Herne Bay Clock Tower. The group has let the pictures that previously surrounded the clock tower be placed on the hoardings around The Bun Penny. Collen Ashwin-Kean, Friends events co-ordinator, said:
We didn’t want to lose them [the pictures], so once the clock tower work was done they were made available for The Bun Penny. Thankfully, no one has damaged them and they look nice on that corner.
Herne Bay Times, April 1st 2015