31st December 2019
Always great to end the year in Kent, not that I’ve ever done it before.
I nearly jumped on the Eurotunnel when I reached Folkestone but just in time realised it was going to France.
Two (2) new pubs for me in the ‘tone, as the kidz probably call it. Last time here was a flying visit, but I was struck by the creative quarter and the small bars springing up like, er, wild flowers.
With more time to get to grips with the town I can bring you some of the artistic highlights that should see you heading to the South-east coast this winter.
I was going to call Folkestone the Hastings of the west and wait for Old Mudgie to correct me, and I think the comparison holds.
The Old High Street isn’t quite as atmospheric as Hastings Old Town, but it’s steeper, and as a Fenboy that matters.
The trad Sheps pubs aren’t as atmospheric either,
but there’s Dickensian touches around The Bayle,
the new town is a symphony of brutalism,
and there’s shops that sell the sheet music to MacArthur Park. You’re still not convinced are you ?
Anyway, Folkestone will be pulling in the punters this year as it narrowly beat Inverness to be the setting for the steps sequence in Joker 2.
Good beer in the new GBG pubs, too.
Oooh, a pretty Spoons.
I though Samuel Peto was a Chelsea striker loaned out to Gillingham in the noughties, but I was wrong.
Nice little semi-enclosed drinking cubicles, a superb Titanic Ice that reached NBSS 3.5 once it warmed up, a lot going on.
In fact, Folkkestone was buzzing on New Years Eve, even though the ice cream shop was inexplicably closed.
Down by the barbour, across from the legendary Grand Burstin (don’t ask) Hotel, I contemplated swimming to the new “Floatin’ Firkin” micropub but chickened out.
One of the alluring things about Folkestone is that it’s a town of many parts. long the Stade to Sunny Beach you get the sort of seafood stalls normally seen in Southwold, and the sort of pubs normally seen in South Shields.
Too many beers in the Mariner, of course, but you’d drink a pint of any of them now, wouldn’t you ?
Half a dozen Old Boys discussing pubs they’d been barred from, not a tourist in sight, Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together“, and a gorgeous Old.
And if that doesn’t sell you Folkestone, there’s dozen of micros.
In fact, this is the only building that isn’t one.