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Friday, 20 April 2018

I have been to ... Deal, Kent

When Sue and I realised that yesterday was going to be the hottest since last August, we decided to go to the seaside. (The temperature reached 27°C and turned out to be the warmest April day since 1949!) We chose to go to Deal on the Channel coast of Kent, a place where bat we last visited in 2015.

The journey took just over ninety minutes, and we were able to find a place in the main car park in the centre of the town. From there we walked towards the northern end of the High Street.


On our way back along the High Street we stopped off at St George's Church.


Just inside the gates into the churchyard was a memorial ...


... to Sub-Lieutenant Arthur Walderne St Clair Tisdall VC, ...


... his brother, Lieutenant John Theodore St Clair Tisdall, ...


... and the men of Deal who died during the First World War.



We continued our walk along the High Street, visiting a number of shops along the way.




We then turned towards the seafront ...


... and walked northwards past the pier.



By the time we reached the Royal Hotel – a hotel and restaurant that dominates the seafront and which was frequented by Admiral Nelson and Emma Hamilton – we were both feeling thirsty and hungry.


We decided to eat in the restaurant facing the sea, ...


...and whilst Sue ate fish and chips, I chose locally-sourced ham, eggs, and chips.


After eating lunch, Sue and I had a short walk along the seafront ...


... before we returned to the High Street to buy some jewellery we had looked at earlier. We then made our way back to the car park, and drove home, having had a very enjoyable day out.

Whilst we were in Deal, Sue and I discovered that in 2014 the DAILY TELEGRAPH had named Deal's High Street to be the best in England.

10 comments:

  1. So it was a good Deal?
    Sounds like a delightful day.

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    1. Ross Mac,

      It's the real deal ... and it was a wonderful day out.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  2. 27C. Such a warm memory. I'm sitting at my kitchen table watching the snow gently drifting down

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    1. Robert Hingley,

      The change over the past few weeks has been rather dramatic, and I suspect that in a week's time the weather we are currently enjoying will be a fond memory as we sit watching the rain fall.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  3. Deal is a lovely little town, indeed that whole stretch of coast is quite charming, especially when the sun is out. Also well worth a visit is Walmer Castle which as well as being interesting historically has very nice gardens. A good location for a picnic.

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    1. Lee Hadley,

      The Deal-Walmer part of Kent has a huge amount of history concentrated within a relatively small area. Add to that the great sea views and the surrounding Kent countryside, and what's not to like. It is certainly near the top of the list of places Sue and I would like to live.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  4. Bob,
    I'm feeling like a good round of bacon & eggs after looking at your delicious meal there at The Royal Hotel at Deal...certainly when we visited England in April-May of 2015 the servings for lunch were spectacular - down in Wales they really know how to make a Ham & Pickles sandwich- real Ham of the bone with bread only to dream about. I'm having a bit of a chuckle about your 'heat wave' ..27deg C is very cool for us here and we usually get around in track pants and skiveys and sox...though 35deg C here is a bit hot and it is shorts and 'T' shirt time. Just like your travel photos of Deal - thank you Bob- brings back a lot of fond memories of a great land. Best Wishes. KEV.

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    1. Kev Robertson,

      The ham was not the processed stuff but real gammon that had been hand cut ... and the eggs tasted very, very fresh!

      I know that compared to other parts of the world, the temperature reached in the UK on Thursday may seem rather mild, but it was unseasonably warm for the time of year. As normal, we saw people wearing all sorts of combinations of clothes, some of which were more suited to the beach that the High Street and others who were still dressed for the middle of winter!

      All the best,

      Bob

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  5. A great Deal better than here in Fife, tried to sit out for a post work cuppa but the wind forced me in , too chilly. Glad you had a good day out.
    Alan

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    1. Tradgardmastare,

      What a difference a few hundred miles can make to the weather! Watching the weather report on TV, one got the impression that everywhere was having better than normal weather, although the hottest seemed to be in the south east part of the UK.

      All the best,

      Bob

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