Beer and pizza outlet Taproom chose Ashford for its first out-of-London site.
Popular with young professionals and families, this sociable meeting place is a celebration of beer and pizza, with a focus on fun and relaxation. Everyone is welcome, including dogs!
The venture is the brainchild of entrepreneur James Yeomans, who set up Hop Stuff Brewery in Woolwich in 2013, following a financial career in the City. The idea for Taprooms grew from this and following the success of two outlets in South East London, Ashford drew James’ attention for the third Taproom.
James Yeomans, Founder Hop Stuff Brewery and Taprooms, said: “We saw that there was an opportunity here for people very similar to us, who had moved down to Ashford and wanted a bit more of a London experience, who wanted craft beer and good food.
“So when we saw this site and the redevelopment going on around we thought it was the perfect opportunity. There are opportunities outside of the capital for London concepts to move out, and it worked really well in Ashford for us.”
“There are opportunities outside of the capital for London concepts to move out, and it worked really well in Ashford for us.”James Yeomans, Founder, Hop Stuff Brewery and Taprooms
Taproom Ashford is located in Bank Street, adjacent to County Square shopping centre and across the road from the new Elwick Place development, which will include a Picturehouse cinema. James counts these as just some of the deciding factors in locating here.
“You’ve got the big Elwick Place development and lots of residential development popping up. With London becoming so expensive, people are moving to areas that have good train links. Ashford ticks a lot of boxes for a lot of people,” James added.
“I think you will see an increased number of people moving out of London, not just in Ashford but also the surrounding villages. There are real grass roots of positive change happening.”