We had our hotel inspection yesterday which was a great success as we successfully retained our Four Star Silver Award! The timing couldn't have been better as we have just had the dining area, front door and various other areas repainted so the house was looking marvellous.
I had a lovely day on Sunday visiting the art galleries that were part of Open Studios for this year’s Summer Squall. Kate Smith had a great exhibition at her gorgeous Updown Gallery and Mike Samson was displaying art and sculptures from other artists around Thanet at his wonderful York Street Gallery. I loved the roaming Caravan Gallery which has some thought provoking and hilariou
Took this lovely picture today whilst out enjoying an end of day walk with Rosie dog.
From our house, it takes about 20 minutes to get to Dumpton Gap (pictured) and then another 15 to walk the rest of the way to Broadstairs.
We usually take the ramp up to the clifftop at Dumpton and walk through the King George VI park back home, round trip taking around 1 hour. The peacock butterfly photo was taken in the park, captured snuggling down in the Buddleia.
Best of luck to Tony and Kilba (Tony’s Mum) who, this week opened ‘Ramsgate Fish & Chips’ just around the corner in Victoria Road. We sampled their menu last night and I opted for steak & ale pie with chips and Charlie had fish – all delicious!
I promised one of my guests (Hi Peter!) that I would do a post about the Seaside Shuffle Jazz Weekend which will be staged over 3 days from Friday 12th July at various venues around Ramsgate (some are outdoors and free!).
Many thanks to the lovely Saeed who runs and owns Patogh Restaurant in Ramsgate, tucked away along Effingham Street. His restaurant specializes in Persian cuisine which is the only one this side of London. Patogh is also one of the few restaurants in Thanet that really considers vegetarians and vegans with several 'V' choices on their menu.
Charlie & I popped in to Ramsgate’s newest, oldest micro pub this week in York Street. The Hovelling Boat Inn opened its doors 2 months ago after 104 years of abstinence when Paul, the landlord realised his dream by restoring this old pub and keeping it traditional.
We had a lovely meal earlier this month for my 43rd birthday at the warm and wonderful Alexandra’s Italian Restaurant. As you can see from the photos the alcohol flowed almost as much as the food! Maria is a knowledgeable host who knows exactly how much input is required to be perfect at her job. The food was authentic, delicious with no pretensions, just how I like my Italian food. I was determined to have all three courses which I managed quite happily as they were all sup