Pubs and Things

Pubs and Things

A warm welcome to Richard Davies who has recently taken over the Britannia Pub (more about him in a later blog)

Richard is aware how the ‘Brit’ has been run down over the past several years. Once the hub of the local community, with the changing demographics and less people actually residing here permanently, the place did not offer too much in the way of goodwill or good food.

Richard is changing all that with home cooked foods with meats coming from Lydd and ice creams from Maidstone……………………. More later>

And talking of pubs the 270 year old ‘Royal Mail’ in Lydd suddenly closed. The brewery, Shepherd Neame (local Kentish Brewery from Faversham) reported it was no longer a viable business.

What I do not understand is how local campaigners want to keep the place open as, as Bob Martin, chairman of the local Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) said, these places are ‘an important part of community life’ ?? But they are closing because fewer people frequent them. Simple as that. What are prospering are the smaller micro brewery outlets and it is there you can get a variety of local beers.

Pubs have to be more than beer sellers and must provide something ‘extra’ to attract the punters. Good food or music and certainly must appeal to the family.

By |2018-11-01T14:08:56+00:00April 16th, 2017|Info, Local Gossip, Local Issues|0 Comments

About the Author:

Born in Ashford a long time ago I have had a lifelong relationship with Dungeness having spent every year here for a fortnights holiday up to the age of 15. In those good old days there was no electricity and hence no radio, no running water and no adequate sewage solutions. Nothing to do other than enjoy the vast expanse of the Ness and all it offered for the young children of that era. Out after breakfast and back before nightfall. There were lakes to swim in. Same lakes to boat on (well large logs). A derelict school in which to play.(Add pic on school roof) Gun emplacements, underground shelters. Sheer bliss. That all ended at 16 when I joined the RAF, finally purchasing a shack – as indeed it was then – in 1971 for the princely sum of £750.00. Only 15 years prior to that we could not afford the £250.00 asking price for what was then known as ‘Windwhistle’, the former Queen Victoria’s Pullman carriage. Still there today but concealed behind painted shiplap. Leaving the mob I travelled, retuning ‘home’ as oft I could, and realistically, only becoming a permanent fixture since 1977. In those days there was a vibrant community here with annual gatherings for the Mayday festival – spit roast and all and open days at the Lifeboat station – with bosuns chairs, zip wires to keep the kids happy. I think Health and Safety put paid to that and other activities, as did the moving away of many locals. The result of which , today there are probably less than 40 persons residing here permanently, in probably less than 20 out of the 80 shacks still here. (I have been told not to use the word ‘shacks’ as now at £3000,00.00 plus they are desirable bungalows in a well sought after locale. So ‘Shacks’ they are! End.

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