Yes. I’m doing requests. Even for Dave, who just wrote off most of my playlist as “a dirge“.
Where’s best on Thanet (and slightly beyond) ? It’s a good question, and Dave will have plenty of time to plan his trip while sipping East Coast murk in his Minneapolis
Spoiler : It’s Ramsgate as a base, with day trips everywhere using buses and trains.
Warning : Beware micros.
Views & walks 8/10
This photo is from my recommended blog for the day notjustagranny, which does what it says on the tin.
Great walking, unexpected beauty at every turn, a pub on every corner.
The stroll from the Spoons to Pegswell Bay is ideal for exercise, as US Nick can tell ya.
Architecture & Art 7/10
In my Top 3 Pub Towns, even if the beer quality isn’t the highlight (not Mr Gadd’s fault). Plenty of real ale, but it’s the banter you go to the Thorley pubs for.
The Artillery Arms is the classic.
Other – Cheap accommodation, great fish & chips at Peter’s, live music, weirdness, sheepskins.
Views & Walks 7/10
Architecture 7/10 – Dickens, really
Pubs 6/10 – Ramsgate Lite. The only classic is the Brown Jug. Good if you like craft, apparently.
Other – Good seafood , and a great sweet shop.
MARGATE & CLIFTONVILLE
Views & walks 7/10 – The broad sweep of Margate Bay is still quite something, best enjoyed from the smoking area of the Mechanical Elephant at dusk.
Architecture & Art – 9/10
Better than you’d think. Mostly weird. And the Turner. And the Bass memorabilia.
Pubs 7/10 – a mixed bag. Scruffy Sheps (Northern Belle), some glamorous micros, scary Spoons.
The Fez is the classic, micro or not.
Other – Cheap, good food at the London, pebble dash, cheap (as chips).
Visit Whitstable on the train . Out of season.
And head for the Ship Centurion.
Hope that’s made you yearn for your return.