Army friends open Pantiles restaurant they can bank on

    Framptons Café Bar & Kitchen

    The Pantiles will see a new addition to its burgeoning night life after planning permission to turn the former Barclays bank into a bar and restaurant was granted.

    Framptons Café Bar & Kitchen will open before Christmas and create around 30 jobs, whilst providing a ‘locally-influenced menu’.

    It is the second restaurant to be launched by three ex-military entrepreneurs, Tom Walker, Ed McAdam and Sam Westlake, who took over the running an existing establishment of the same name in Ringwood, Hampshire, in earlier this year.

    Plans for a change of use were originally submitted on August 17 with the application accepted by the council on September 5.

    Mr Walker said the three former Officers of Parachute Regiment – who have 21 years’ experience in the army between them – were ‘excited’ to transform the former bank into their second site.

    He added: “We’ve worked hard since we started our new venture earlier this year and we’re looking forward to hiring a new team and developing a locally-influenced menu in Tunbridge Wells.”

    Barclays The Pantiles

    The directors said their experience of ‘uninspiring’ salaried office roles after leaving the military had led them to opening their first restaurant.

    “It’s often a challenging time when you leave the army to transition into a civilian job and we all decided that we really wanted to set up our own business,” said Mr McAdam.

    Matthew Sankey, head of the Association of Pantiles’ Traders said: “The Pantiles is fast becoming the destination for foodies and this will be a great addition. The more independents the better.”

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