Elena Dimitrijeva, 26, and Shpend Vranoci, 40, of Westbury Road, took over their dream pub in August and have big plans for its future.
The daring duo started their grand adventure with a massive opening party that rocked St James Lane until 3am.
Elena said: “It was a shame when the Lord Nelson closed last year. We used to go quite often and we loved the pub.
“When we heard it was a free house and the brewery, Shepherd Neame, was no longer involved, we decided to take it over.”
The mother to three-year-old Eldi moved to England from Lithuania ten years ago, and lived in Canterbury with Albanian-born Shpend and his two children Rozafa, 13, and Tyler, 14.
The couple worked across East Kent – Shpend in a factory and Elena in cafes and pubs – before they chose to settle in Dover.
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