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Yes, she is!

The opening entry of this journal tells how I had unexpectedly found myself available for the Broadstairs Folk Week and headed down there on a very fast train and headed straight to my friend's bar.

I had hardly said my hellos to the staff, all of whom I know well, noted the recent refurbishment that had apparently been vaguely finished off about two days before Folk Week in what I thought was a calamitous piece of planning (if you can call it  that) when I heard a familair voice, none other than Kim, the afore-mentioned artistic director.  Leaving out the astonished expletives (Kim rarely swears) the conversation basically ran along the lines of, "What are you doing here you are meant  to be in Canada).  Me, "I know, it dropped out so I'm here" at which point she dug in her small document case and produced an artistes wristband (worth about £200) which allows me access just about anywhere, told me I was "on  the firm", playing every lunchtime session with my dear friend Paul and was on call for emergencies like when some band's van breaks down on the M2.

A great pub in the dark (best way to view them in my opinion).
  I have ridden shotgun for Kim for many years now and it is one of the many, many things I love about this place.

After a bit of a session in the George (review to come on a future page) I decided it was time to get the bus back to Ramsgate.  There is a superb bus service called the Loop which runs every seven  minutes in peak hours and is really worth looking at for the traveller (again review attached).  I checked in quickly and easily and decided it was time for another drink so I wandered  up the road to stumble upon the Elephant and Castle which is a very fine pub and, again, there is hopefully a review attached here if I have mastered the technology correctly.
Rhubarb cider, whatever next?


They were getting revved up for a cider festival during the late August Bank Holiday weekend and had already had a couple of early deliveries which they very kindly agreed to give me a preview of.  I did have a peek at the menu for the forthcoming festival (see attached image) and it looked extremely interesting.  After a couple of interesting offerings my eyes lit upon a rhubarb cider from the local https://www.kentcider.co.uk/ Kent Cider Company.  Rhubarb cider?  I had never heard of such a thing and I am a big cider drinker.  It had to be sampled, it was, and definitely not found wanting as it was possibly the most interesting and delicious cider I have ever drunk.

Well, a few ciders down the road and it was time for planxty to hit the sack after a fairly long day but, unusually, solids were required.
Well, sometimes it has to be done.
  I enquired of the friendly barmaid what the options were at that time of a Sunday night and they were, shall we say, limited.  I was told that the "Best Kebab" was probably the only option that time on a Sunday evening unless I wanted to haul myself all the way down a very steep hill to the front and then all the way back which I did not really fancy, so the "Best" it was.  Not my preferred cuisine when I do eat but I can knock off a kebab or a burger with the best of them which I did and then so to a comfy bed.

Totally unexpectedly planxty was back.

planxty says:
I have not checked the Youtube on it yet (too busy trying to keep up) but it really is a superb atmosphere and has been for all the many years I have been playing there.
Posted on: Sep 25, 2017
vicIII says:
I watched some Youtube videos from the festival and found the atmosphere nice and attractive...
Posted on: Sep 25, 2017
planxty says:
Victor, I have so many great friends here it is truly humbling, I love this part of the world.
Posted on: Sep 22, 2017
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Yes, she is!
Yes, she is!
A great pub in the dark (best way …
A great pub in the dark (best way…
Rhubarb cider, whatever next?
Rhubarb cider, whatever next?
Well, sometimes it has to be done.
Well, sometimes it has to be done.
The re-furbed Prince Albert.
The re-furbed Prince Albert.
My mate cleaning the lines.
My mate cleaning the lines.
A lovely day in Broadstairs.
A lovely day in Broadstairs.
Time to go to work, some of my fll…
Time to go to work, some of my fl…
George pub, Broadstairs.
George pub, Broadstairs.
George pub, Broadstairs.
George pub, Broadstairs.
Have I got to climb all the way up…
Have I got to climb all the way u…
Very tasty Kentish cider.
Very tasty Kentish cider.
Now that looks like a menu to me.
Now that looks like a menu to me.
A fine little pub.
A fine little pub.
I could have sat there all night.
I could have sat there all night.
Not a bad little kebab shop.
Not a bad little kebab shop.
I am not sure this is for the best.
I am not sure this is for the best.
Broadstairs Nightlife & Entertainment review
A very favourite place.
I realise that it seems odd to be recreating a review from a couple of years ago on a different website but I intend to, with full disclosure of what … read entire review
Broadstairs Hotels & Accommodations review
I always wanted to stay here.
I have mentioned in the main body of this journal that I always wanted to stay in the Royal Albion Hotel in Broadstairs and this was for a number of r… read entire review
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