Owner hoping to bring a new lease of life and some fun to Kettering pub

Sanjai Tailor outside the former Henry's pub in Kettering
Sanjai Tailor outside the former Henry's pub in Kettering

The owner of a town centre pub is hoping to breathe new life into it after the venue closed last year.

Sanjai Tailor is the new owner of Henry’s in Kettering’s Horsemarket and work has started on giving it a complete overhaul.

The pub will be Sanjai’s first venue in Kettering, but he is no stranger to the pub trade as he already runs The Kingfisher, Raffs Bar and Temple in Wellingborough.

Sanjai said: “There’s only so much you can do in Wellingborough, I wanted a new challenge.

“I have had a long association with Kettering, with DJ’ing and working for Connect FM, and when the opportunity came up to purchase Henry’s, I thought that seems like a good plan.

“We are really making some significant changes from what it was.”

After buying the pub, which closed last October, Sanjai has had the building stripped back so they can start from scratch and give it a complete makeover.

While there is still a lot of work to be done, Sanjai is looking to open the pub in the next few months and said: “I think people will notice the difference.”

The pub, which will be opening under a new name, will be aimed at the over-25s and Sanjai hopes it will be somewhere where people can have a drink, meet friends and enjoy the music, with room to dance if the mood takes them.

He said: “What I want to bring to Kettering is something a bit different.

“This is somewhere where we will offer a little bit of a mix.

“Our aim is to give them a good night.”

Sanjai is passionate about music and hopes he can share this with people who visit his new pub.

He says his ideal playlist would include a couple of classic hits, followed by something from the nineties, then the noughties and then a current hit.

Sanjai added: “When I was DJ’ing, I loved the buzz and I think this is just an extension of that, of feeling the buzz of people enjoying themselves.

“I am giving the people what I would want on a night out, which is a bit of fun.”

Sanjai, who is a member of Wellingborough’s Pubwatch scheme, hopes that the new pub will add to what is already on offer in Kettering, and he said: “I am really excited for it opening.

“My hope is that the people of Kettering will appreciate it once it opens, that will be the buzz for me.”