A surprise choice at Number 3 ?
Knowing my lukewarm view of micropubs you might be, since Kent is actually 87% made up of the little devils.
But before Martyn Hillier invented micros, there were Proper Pubs in Kent.
Some relaxed and rural,
and some a relic from better times.
We’ll wait to see what young BRAPA makes of the pubs under Covid restrictions, but for me Kent is up there with Essex for landscape, cosy pubs and beer quality.
I always seem to catch Whitstable on a good day, after the Londoners have gone home.
While, oddly, I always seem to have Sheppey to myself;
The coast is Kent’s great draw, but inland you’ve that lil ol’ England that Yanks visit for.
Street art is everywhere in Ramsgate, Canterbury’s windows are a joy,
and Gravesend is just weird.
That lotion contains Pseudocerasus fruit extract, you know.
Some wonderful pub exteriors in earthy towns like Dartford, Gillingham and cross Thanet and Sheppey.
But if you had to explain Kent to a visitor, I’d send them to the towns that edge the county above Essex.
Underrated Faversham with its string of great pubs from the station into town.
the beach at Deal has our best sunsets, best experienced after an afternoon at the Berry,
while Ramsgate somehow has the UK’s biggest pub, its edgiest High Street outside Carluke, and its dodgiest looking shop.
EVEN the micropubs can have a charm about them; like the aptly named Wrong Turn.
For accommodation, I recommend the bijou.
On the downside, you’re GUARANTEED an unexpectedly closed pub.
But I guarantee that in the time you’re waiting for your pub to open, another new micro will have emerged to take its place.