Sort file:- Canterbury, December, 2018.

Page Updated:- Friday, 21 December, 2018.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton & Rory Kehoe

Mentioned Dec 2017


Promised Jan 2018

Lower Bridge Street


Privvy 2018

Above photo, June 2018, kindly taken and sent by Rory Kehoe.

Privvy Bar inside 2017

Privy Bar inside. Artists impression 2017.

Privvy Bar inside 2017

Privy Bar inside. Artists impression 2017.


I am informed that the old underground toilets at the junction of Burgate and Broad Street, Canterbury are all set to open soon as a bar!

It'll be called the Privy Bar and be themed as a 1920s cocktail bar. Sadly, not 1920s prices!

It is suggested that these underground loos were converted by Canterbury County Council in the 1930s from the cellars of George Beer & Cos Star Brewery which stood on part of this site. The Council certainly bought the site from George Beer and Rigden after the merger and demolished the buildings for parking and road widening.

Their Facebook page suggested they would be open in January 2018, but at present, June 2018 I have seen no evidence of this.


From the By Gerry Warren, 11 December 2017

Privy, Lower Bridge Street, Canterbury, to open as bar.

Derelict underground toilets in Canterbury are being transformed into the city’s newest nightspot promising an experience fit for “Hollywood royalty”.

Aptly called Privy, the venue – next to the city wall in Lower Bridge Street – is set to open in time for Christmas and images of how it will look have been exclusively released to the Kentish Gazette.

Owner Angela Long, who also runs the "Loft" in St Margaret’s Street, is promising “true decadence” with the emphasis on style and glamour and customers made to feel like “A-listers”.

“This has been a vision of the potential of the former underground toilets that is finally coming to fruition in true elegant style,” she said.

“They have been entirely renovated to epitomise sophistication with an opulent touch of gold and timeless class. This is modern luxury.

“Customers will feel like Hollywood royalty in this gorgeous space. With a hint of urban hipster chic, the vibe is reminiscent of a 1920s speakeasy.”

Ms Long says the venue will also provide a daytime bolt-hole and open from 11am to serve coffee and pastries.

But in the evenings it will transform into a chic nightspot, serving fine wines, beers and cocktails until 3am.

Privy 2017

The council says the site has considerable potential.

Privy 2017

The redundant facilities, which opened in 1930 and closed in 2000, were sold at auction by the city council in 2015 and snapped up for 198,000 by Ms Long.

Since then she has been working on ideas for a new bar, taking inspiration from other underground venues around the world.

The distinctive wrought iron arches that marked the entrances to the men’s and women’s chambers will remain.

In the auction sales pitch, the city council suggested it may also approve a new, contemporary structure at ground level, with large areas of glazing and “innovative roof lines”.

But it also warned that it was an important landmark site in a visually prominent position and “preservation of the setting and views of the city wall must be safeguarded.”

Ms Long has decided to delay any ground-level development at this stage but has Canterbury-based architects BDB working on designs which could be forthcoming in the next six months.




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