Licence relaxed after hotel 'revolution'

Councillors have praised a hotel landlord for transforming his business 'from an ugly duckling to a beautiful swan'.


Mihirbhal Patel, landlord of the Swan Hotel in Hythe, appeared before Folkestone & Hythe District Council's licensing sub-committee on Monday (September 10) to appeal for one of the tough conditions on his licence to be relaxed.

They were imposed after a hearing in June was told of allegations including underage drinking, noise, violent disturbances, and drunken staff behind the bar.

But at Monday's meeting the panel, made up of Councillors Russell Tillson, Michael Lyons and Susie Govett, heard there had been a raft of changes since then.

A report from the council's licensing team said the venue was now "well-managed, quiet and calm".

Cllr Lyons said the improvement had been "outstanding".

You have made every effort to conform to what you are doing.
I have no qualms in saying that you are turning the whole thing around. Cllr Michael Lyons, licensing sub-committee member

Mr Patel said he had more plans for improvements, including creating a sports bar and grill for the bar area. He asked the panel to remove the condition forcing him to have licensed door staff on every day of the week.

Cllr Tillson said the venue must never again be allowed to get out of control.

The premises is now a sharp contrast to what it was in the middle of June.
I said there needed to be a revolution and there has been.
Obviously it's much better that money is spent on improving the business rather than bouncers and it just may be that the ugly duckling has turned into a beautiful swan. Cllr Russell Tillson, chairman of the panel

I have been humbled by the experience of the licence review but found it to be a positive experience.
I am thankful for the support of the police and the licensing department. Mihirbhal Patel, landlord of the Swan Hotel

The panel agreed to remove the condition about door staff, but Mr Patel said he would employ them when events were taking place at the hotel, and for Bank Holiday weekends.

Published on 11 September 2018