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The Kean’s Head, in the historic Lace Market, has marked its fifth birthday as part of the Castle Rock group with a party, a speech and a few ales. For manager Charlie Blomeley, it was Sunday business as usual with things getting underway in the early afternoon to accommodate worshippers from the neighbouring St Mary’s, and continuing late in the evening for late night revellers, regulars and former colleagues.

Guest of honour, Max Bromley, who as ‘Edmund Kean’ also officiated at the opening in 2004, welcomed the guests in the guise of Noel Coward. He paid tribute the Charlie and her staff; “This is a place for the demanding gourmet and educated oenophilist with its plethora of potable ports, bevies of beautiful beers and multitude of magnificent malts.”

Luckily, the speech was short.

(l-r) Charlie Blomeley, manager, Rachel Tiplady, Melissa Needham, Kirsty Fox, Ebon Benjamin, Ben Skinner-Watts, assistant manager, and Martin Sanderson.

(l-r) Charlie Blomeley, manager, Rachel Tiplady, Melissa Needham, Kirsty Fox, Ebon Benjamin, Ben Skinner-Watts, assistant manager, and Martin Sanderson.

Charlie Blomeley and Max Bromley raise a glass to the Kean’s Head.

Charlie Blomeley and Max Bromley raise a glass to the Kean’s Head.