Since I’m in Kent, here’s my last Guide 17 tick for the county, and look how lovely the GBG looks now against the backdrop of my Bristol Premier Inn.
Whatever chaos is going on elsewhere in the Guide’s new entries (micros, social clubs and Spoons), you can always rely on Sandwich to come up with a proper pub. And proper wildlife.
We caught Sandwich in the calm before an apocalyptic storm which was to make the closure of the station waiting rooms (and its toilets) something of a disappointment.
But before that, the town sparkled. It really reminds me of one of those small Germanic towns like Memmingen, so neatly kept are the lawns and so perfect the medieval streets. German towns have better kebab shops, of course.
The Mill Wall that gives you classic views of the back streets and the cricket is one of my favourite bits of England.
But it did add to our journey time to the King’s Arms, leading to much wailing and gnashing of teeth from Mrs RM. She’d skipped breakfast.
Her angst rose as she plonked into the nearest free table (they were all set for dining), only to be told it should have had a “Reserved” sign on it, and would she like to sit in the restaurant ?
No thanks. What on earth are you going to see in the restaurant ?
We opted for the garden, which really is lovely, until those dreadful smokers come out.
Back inside I enjoyed an old-school bar, served by two old-school gents wearing ties, and an interor unchanged since 1977.
Perhaps a beer range from 1977, too. Yes, this was it, and two is plenty.
How does a pub with just two beers, one of them the dreaded GK IPA, get in the Beer Guide in 2017 ?, you scream.
By serving consistent, quality cellar cool pints (NBSS 3.5, both). That’s how. Unfussy cheap pub food too, with proper chips and pleasant service.
Octogenarian banter from men in MCC white suits centres on gout.
“Seafood gives you gout. And broad beans. And chutney”
The things you learn in an English pub.
We stayed in our campervan for free on the Promenade at Ramsgate. As they say, the view was priceless.