Jenna Babaci has been appointed the licensee of the King Canute on Canvey Road and already she has big plans for the pub. The King Canute is owned and operated by the Stonegate Pub Company and Jenna joins the team fresh from managing another Stonegate pub in West Sussex.

Speaking about the move to Essex, Jenna Babaci said: “I’m thrilled to be the new licensee of the King Canute. I’ve had a fantastic welcome from both the team and the customers and already feel part of the community of this great town. The team at the pub are really hard working and are committed to building strong links with their community and their customers.

“An example this is the assistant manager, Natalie McCarthy who has been raising money for Cancer Research and has raised £500 in total. Natalie organised a host of fundraising activities which included running the race for life, organising raffles and getting customers to agree to having their chests waxed with all donations going to Cancer Research. She really has done an incredible job organising it all herself and £500 is an impressive amount of money to raise.

“Being a focal part of the community is really important for any pub and I want to work with our customers to make the King Canute a pub they can be proud to call their local. I want to introduce sports teams to the King Canute so if anyone is interested, please do get in touch. Football, rugby, darts or pool, whatever the sport, we’ll support them in any way we can. This pub has so much potential and I’m delighted to call myself the licensee of the King Canute!”

The King Canute has a range of events taking place throughout the week; on Tuesday afternoon from 2pm, the pub hosts bingo; from 9pm every Wednesday the pub holds a quiz night; on the weekend customers can get involved in karaoke on a Friday night and new for Saturday night, the pub will be hosting live music with performers from the town and further afield.