HERNE BAY HEY-DAY

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I guess this post is 2001 AD (Anywherebutcambridgewill Do).

A lovely day to be beside the seaside at Herne Bay. Note how lesser blogs merely make pubs look like they’re leaning; I make the whole of the North Kent coast slope.

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Butcher’s Arms marked for context as the Holy Land for micro men

Now, Herne Bay is a rather overlooked little resort, the Clacton or Filey of the South, perhaps.

It suffers from being stuck between Whit”Pashmina“stable and “Dahn to” Margate, but I guess there’s not much it can do about that until the End of Time.

Only two visits before, one for the excellent Spoons and one for two micro pubs whose arrival was no doubt greeted by dancing in the streets after too much Old Dairy. And then, not a jot since 2014.

A walk along Saxon Shore Way, named after the Spoons, reveals that the little blob (above the words Canterbury District on the OS) out to sea is the end of the pier, left isolated by fire and storms. Perhaps one day they’ll stick a micro pub there.

The long central parade is also colourful and characterful, though it lacks the essential overpriced seafood restaurants and distressed clothing boutiques that make Whitstable an essential stop.

Colourful

The ancient clock is bookended by a Sheps and a Spoons.

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I chose the Spoons, as you can have unlimited flat white with your £4.60 Mushroom Benedict and listen to Old Boys talk about being 73, romantic assignations and all.

I resisted the 6% seasonal from Old Dairy, and headed for the town’s 3rd GBG micro.

The High Street is quiet, but has lots of banners exhorting us to shop local rather than drive to honeypots like Sittingbourne or Sheppey.

Lots of potential, as they say.

Potential

But there’s nothing I want ! Especially not “collectables“.

No Bass mirrors

The Parkerville has collectables. And the most micro of micro exteriors. I only walked past this one twice.

Pleasant, professional set-up with live music, some way off the Herne model.

Do you believe, in the Westgateworld ?

You won’t believe me, but I didn’t have the Plum Porter. Traitor !

I also resisted the authentic chunky cheese & onion cobs, having just had breakfast. Not that that stopped me in Manchester.

No, I like Gadds, the modern Robinsons of Thanet. Consistent, tasty beers with unfussy branding.

Feet don’t touch the floor drama

Lovely cool, rich Gadds No. 4, with good music (don’t ask me what), some banter at the bar and proper tables.

It’ll never catch on.

27 thoughts on “HERNE BAY HEY-DAY

  1. Did you walk along the shore, past any of the colourful beach huts, I wonder Martin?

    They often seem to be given Kiplingesque, references to the British Empire days names for some reason.

    You could always rename your garden shed “The Charge Of The Light Brigade”, I suppose.

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  2. Stayed in Herne Bay for a week once and did what I could in the non GBG world. It was pretty much all Shepherd Neame in those days. Recall watching a magnificent film about the sea forts visible from the coast that were subsequently occupied by pirate radio stations. Must dig out the short books I bought about them. Pub scene has completely changed since then and it is well and truly in the heart of microland, helping to make it a more varied and interesting place these days I thought.

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  3. > You could always rename your garden shed “The Charge Of The Light Brigade”, I suppose.

    Surely the garden shed of RM and Mrs RM is called “The Charge Of The Guide Brigade” ?

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    1. Or even The Charge of the Light and Bitter Brigade although I personally would prefer the Charge of the Brown and Bitter Brigade.
      Although I used to like The Charge of the Ramrod and Bitter Brigad as well.
      Incidentally does anyone make bottled brown ale any more ?

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  4. Newky Brown isn’t a proper brown ale.
    I’m talking of the really brown,biscuity,malty brown ales that almost all breweries used to knock out.
    Youngs in particular used to do a bottle that was perfect for topping up a tired pint of bitter.

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    1. Yes, Newky Brown isn’t a proper brown ale.
      It’s too pale and a brewer for S&N once told me that it’s actually a blended beer.
      And for years now it’s been from Tadcaster – where I expect Humphrey brews a better bottled brown ale – not Newcastle.

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  5. Never too keen on Herne Bay unless it’s Summer & we can go in the M**cro pub on the pier -feel over dressed in my Pashmina & not close enough to a National Trust property

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  6. “A lovely day to be beside the seaside at Herne Bay.”

    Argh. I was singing that bloody song yesterday and now it’s stuck in my head.*

    * (my dear old dad used to belt out all songs like that from his basement bar every Saturday morning when I was a teenager)

    “I make the whole of the North Kent coast slope.”

    I’m going to regret this (and feel free to remove) but:

    Is that due to ……….. ?

    “Butcher’s Arms marked for context as the Holy Land for micro men”

    I see a West End in roughly the centre of the map. Is that where Spear of Destiny are playing after St. Albans?

    “left isolated by fire and storms”

    I think the rest of the pier was blocking the marvellous view of the wind thingies in the distance.

    “though it lacks the essential overpriced seafood restaurants and distressed clothing boutiques that make Whitstable an essential stop.”

    That’s the universal template for most places by the sea the world over.

    “The ancient clock is bookended by a Sheps and a Spoons.”

    I read the sign too quickly (Divers Arms) and thought it would have a collection of weaponry inside. 😉

    “You won’t believe me, but I didn’t have the Plum Porter. Traitor !”

    Yes but was it just any old plum porter or THAT one?
    (the photo below answers that question!)

    “Feet don’t touch the floor drama”

    I was just thinking that when I saw the photo. 🙂

    Cheers

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      1. Yeah, I sometimes need someone to tell me I’ve crossed the line. 😉

        Glad you liked the Divers Arms comment. Rather liked that one myself. 🙂

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