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20th October 2022

Tyber’s Reggae Bar is jammin’

Formerly known as the Grub & Liquor, Tyber’s Reggae Bar in Tunbridge Wells is set for its grand reopening next weekend, with a special performance from none other than the pub’s licensee Tyber Cranstoun, who heads up popular Ska band The Dualers.

The announcement of the pub’s reopening on social media has been met with a lot of excitement, so much so that tickets for the reopening night on Friday 28 October sold out within an hour. The evening of celebration will see Tyber himself take to the stage to perform with Peter, the guitarist of his band The Dualers, joining him to entertain the crowds. The entertainment will then continue well into the night, with a DJ taking over after Tyber’s two 40-minute sets, playing a range of Reggae and Ska music.

With Tyber wanting to give a home to Ska and Reggae music, the reopening party follows an overhaul of the pub’s previous traditional look, with a new Caribbean theme introduced. Paying homage to the licensee’s love of music, the pub also has an array of Reggae memorabilia displayed throughout including gig posters, vinyl and clothing from The Dualers. With the space to accommodate many people throughout the pub, Tyber’s Reggae Bar also has a spacious function room available for private hire.

Just a five-minute walk from Tunbridge Wells Train Station, Tyber’s Reggae Bar has a great range of wine, spirits and beers, and also has a fantastic cocktail menu including Sweet Sweet Jamaica, Back To Paradise and Hurricane Mixtures. The kitchen offers an array of authentic homemade Caribbean food for guests to enjoy, including curried goat, callaloo and jerk chicken.

Speaking on the reopening, Tyber said: “It’s great to see the refurbishment taking shape and our new look almost ready to be revealed on the 28th. This has been a long time coming and I’m looking forward to putting our own musical spin on this busy pub.

“We want to make Tyber’s Reggae Bar the go to venue to watch live music in the area, music has played a huge role in my life, and I want to share my love of it with our guests, giving a home to Ska and Reggae music. Watch out for our social media pages, where will announce further live music gigs over the coming weeks and months.”

The pub’s reopening weekend will also see the hosting of a special Skalloween night on Saturday 29 October, with competitions for best spooky fancy dress and Haggis DJ playing the best reggae from 8pm to 1am, it’s sure to be a night to remember.

Keep up to date with all the upcoming events and offers on the pub’s social media:

9 Nevill Street, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5RU

Open Sunday to Wednesday 12pm to 11pm, Thursday 12pm to 12am, Friday and Saturday 12pm to 1am.

Food served daily from 12pm to 9pm. 



About Tyber Cranstoun and the Dualers

Tyber’s Reggae Bar is run by Stonegate Pub Partner Tyber Cranstoun, who is the lead singer of the Ska band The Dualers, with this year seeing the band play a landmark gig at Wembley Arena for the first time. Formed in 1999 by Tyber and his brother Si, the band has gone on to release eighteen albums, including their 2019 release Palm Tree and 80 Degrees which reached number 11 in the UK album charts.

About Stonegate Group

Stonegate Group is the largest pub company in the UK.  Its portfolio is comprised of over 4,500 sites, split across the managed division and leased and tenanted businesses.

The managed pubs division, which employs over 16,000 people, is split into Branded and Traditional pubs. Branded is comprised of: Slug & Lettuce, Popworld, Be At One and Venues. Traditional (unbranded) pubs are made up of: Proper Pubs, Town Pub & Kitchen, Classic Pub & Dining, Social Pub & Kitchen and Craft Union.


  • BII’s National Innovation in Training Awards (NITAs): HR Manager of the Year (Jemelle Bish), Best Apprenticeship Training Programme (ATOP)
  • Publican Awards – Best Community Operator (Craft Union Pub Company)
  • Great British Pub Awards – Stonegate Group Pub Partners’ Pub of the Year, Best Pub to Watch Sport, Community Hero


  • Licensed Trade Charity Awards   raising awareness through fundraising
  • Great British Pub Awards – Stonegate Group Pub Partners’ Pub of the Year, Best Pub to Watch Sport
  • MCA Retailers’ Retailer Awards – The Hero Award (Suzanne Baker)


  • Great British Pub Awards – Feeding the Community, Community Mindfulness & Ei Publican Partnerships Pub of the Year
  • REBA Employee Wellbeing Awards – Best New Wellbeing Strategy (5000+ staff)
  • Publican Awards – Best Pub Employer (501+ employees)
  • Publican Awards – Best Community Operator (Craft Union Pub Company)


  • BII’s National Innovation in Training Awards (NITAs): HR Manager of the Year, Lee Woolley (2019); Best Managed Company for Training; Lifetime Achievement Award for Chairman, Ian Payne (2016)
  • CGA Insight Hero and Icon Awards (two awards): Icon Award   Ian Payne MBE, Business Leader, Simon Longbottom (2019)
  • UK Hospitality’s Dusk ‘til Dawn Late Night Awards (two awards) – Icon Award (Ian Payne MBE), Best Marketing and Promotions Award (2019);  Best Service & Team (2018)
  • Great British Pub Awards – Best LGBTQ+ Pub (2019); Best LGBTQ+ and Best Sports Pub (2018); Best Pub Garden, Best Entertainment and Best Sports Pub (2017); Best Sports Pub (2016);
  • BII Scotland Awards   Best Operator for Training (2019)
  • Retailers’ Retailer of the Year (two awards): Lifetime Achievement Award, Ian Payne MBE;  Investor of the Year   TDR Capital (2019); Investor of the Year: TDR Capital (2017)
  • Menu Innovation & Development Awards (MIDAS) (two awards): Best Menu, Premium High Street Pub: Slug & Lettuce; Best Menu, Town & City Pub: Walkabout (2019);  Premium High Street Pub: Town Pub & Kitchen (2017); Best New Concept:  Missoula, Montana Bar & Grill (2014); City and Bar Dining: Slug and Lettuce (2013)
  • Publican Awards (five awards): Best Community Pub Operator, Best Pub Employer (501+ employees), Best Managed Pub Company (51+ sites), Best Drinks Offer, Business Leader of the Year   Chief Executive, Simon Longbottom (2019); Best Late Night Operator (2018); Best Managed Pub Company; Best Late Night Operator, plus highly commended   Best Employer 501+ employees (2017);  Business Leader of the Year, Chairman Ian Payne (2014); Best Pub Employer 51+ sites (2013)
  • British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA)   Chairman’s Award (2018)
  • Licensed Trade Charity: Outstanding Corporate Contribution Award (2018)
  • APPBG PUBAID Corporate Charity Fundraiser Award (2018)
  • Scottish Training Federation: Best Large Employer  (2016)
  • HR Excellence Awards: Best Learning and Development Strategy (2016)
  • HR Distinction Awards: Innovation for Digital & Social Media (2016); People Development (2015); Innovative Use of Technology (2014)

Press release from Leisure PR.

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