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
Exciting news for Kent and The Isle of Thanet with Kent International Airport at Manston finally taking off with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines who have started their twice daily service to Amsterdam's Schipol Airport this week. Flights are conveniently scheduled to allow day trips (0635hrs and 1040hrs) as well as fantastic links to over 190 destinations worldwide via Schipol.
It’s been so cold this March, I actually saw a dog wearing a onesie (see photo of a very embarrassed poodle). I also had the privilege of climbing to Ramsgate’s highest point to take some photos from The Granville’s tower which was both amazing and freezing!
Charlie and I had lunch yesterday at the newly opened Royal Harbour Brasserie. A perfectly placed restaurant with beautiful views of Ramsgate's harbour and The English Channel. Adrian Mowl, the chef and owner took on this restaurant after it had lain dormant for 5 years just waiting for the right person to come along and revitalise it and he definitely fits the bill! There is plenty of space with a warm, friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
I had a lovely introduction to Blue Swift yesterday – Ramsgate’s newest store in Queen Street where I met Jody Anderson who runs this beautiful, contemporary art gallery and bespoke framing shop with his wife Anna (visit www.blueswift.co.uk). Not only will they frame your beloved pieces of art but they will advise you on the best options whilst considering the environment and your wallet!
Charlie and I have had a great year at Glendevon with the highlight being when we received our Silver Award for the third year running (Charlie actually received a 5 star rating for his breakfast don’t you know). It has also been an exciting year for Ramsgate. We have seen new cafes and bars open plus new independent stores and art galleries (congratulations to Mike and Lizzie of York Street Gallery who, after only 6 months trading received ‘The Town Image Award’ namely for their contribution to local art).
Congratulations to Kate Smith who has just opened the beautiful Updown Gallery at Satis House – a double fronted Victorian house in Elms Avenue, Ramsgate. Updown Gallery opened this weekend with the first exhibition celebrating Sir Peter Blake’s work spanning over 6 decades. It's in a great location (just up the road from Waitrose car park) and is open for prospective buyers and admirers alike from 10am to 6pm, Tuesday – Friday and 11am to 6pm on Saturday.