Save the Honest Miller

Façade of The Honest Miller Public House, Brook – picture supplied by the author

A Viable Alternative Vision

Local group “Save The Honest Miller” was set up to help secure the future of The Honest Miller public house at Brook, near Ashford, and protect the green space surrounding the pub for the long term. The group has launched a viable alternative to plans put forward by CPG.

The group, which now represents over 150 local households, has proposed a thriving, local community-led pub which would protect and enhance the green space in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Compelling Business Plan

So, rather than building houses in order to reopen the pub, the group has created a compelling business plan and alternative vision for an exciting, community-led pub. A destination for truly outstanding locally sourced food and drink, innovative menus with pop-up guest chefs local to the region, a kitchen garden providing sustainable, seasonal produce. And all whilst remaining true to its rural roots as a fantastic and welcoming pub for locals.

“This is not just about a pub for us; it is about helping to sustain our community. It is about investing in the future of the community and ensuring The Honest Miller is run for the good of Brook and nearby villages, for us now and for future generations to come.”  

Save The Honest Miller Group

Commitment To the Community

The plan would use the additional buildings and land for the benefit of the community. Further ideas include a village shop in the Coach House, large-scale community events on the green space (such as bonfire nights and festivals), and a monthly farmers’ market.

There would be prescription and online delivery drop-off points, community groups and coffee mornings. Other plans would include a remote working hub, educational events for local schools and families, as well as retaining the profitable glamping facilities for which the land already has planning permission.

The Coach House at The Honest Miller in Brook – picture supplied by the author

Resilience Of Community-Led Enterprise

The Group’s Business Plan allows for the substantial investment needed to return the pub buildings to their former glory, without the need to build houses. 

Community pubs have shown themselves to be more resilient than other pub businesses, due to the degree of community buy-in and ability to run the business with a more nuanced commercial approach.

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To hear more plans from the Save The Honest Miller Group and to sign-up to their newsletter, you can get in touch at savethehm@gmail.com, or follow them on Facebook @SaveTheHonestMiller