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All at the bar in the Kings Head Deal
Outside the Kings Head Deal
The Gang in Action with Jeff 2nd right from the Hoy Deal
On Wednesday 31st Jan, we set off for a little tour of the seaside town of Deal
First stop was The Kings Head on the front by the pier, well worth a visit. nice beer and food
Chris in Action at the hoy, here you can get a great pint of Shepps beers
Deal Pier on a nice winters day, nice walk to the end of it, and food at the end as well, just to warm you up
Paul and Jeff at the Bar of the Ship in Deal
It was a nice sunny Winters afternoon when we went to Deal on Wednesday 31st Jan. Pubs we went into were The Kings Head, The Bohemian, Clarendon, all around the seafront area, in Middle Street The Ship Inn, here you'll always find a great selection of ales, and our last port of call was in Duke Street at The Hoy.
Another one of chris in action at the Hoy
Inside the Bohemian
On Friday 2nd, and Saturday the 3rd of Feb it was the 14th White Cliffs Beer Festival held in Dover. The Festival had over 75 Real ales from all over the Country
Just some of the ales on offer
Just some of the 75 beers at the White Cliffs Festival in Dover 2007
At The Festival. Tom, Simon, Johnny and Paul..Cheers
Johnny, Tom Roger Marples and Paul
Simon, Johnny and Tom
Sam behind the bar at The Fleur in Sandwich
Another of Sam in Action!
Nice Smile from Sam
After the Festival it was back to Sandwich and our local The Fleur de Lis
Two of our favourite Pubs are The Fleur de Lis in Sandwich and Blakes in Dover, both have a nice selection of Guest Ales
More Information about Blakes can be found at Blakes of Dover
The Tours continue, and on Sunday 12th Feb 3 of us headed out to Finglesham to The Crown and also to The St Crispin at Worth. Both have a good selection of all beers and some very nice food. Once the Spring and Summer arrives you'll also find both pubs have large outside garden areas
Paul and Kev outside the St Crispin at Worth
Looking out to the Garden at The St Crispin at Worth
New back dinning area at the St Crispin
St Crispin Bar, Tye the landlord one side and Johnny the other
Johnny  at the Bar
Tye behind the bar at The St Crispin at Worth
The Crown at Finglesham, Kev and Paul in the wet The fine bar at the Crown
Here's a few more pictures from Deal and Sandwich taken Mid March. First are of the Royal Hotel right on the sea front, some nice food and once again well kept Sheps ales.
The Royal in Deal
Another view of The Royal in Deal
Sheps fine ales, this photo taken at The Deal Hoy
The Ship inn, Middle Street Deal. Always a good selection of real ale's here
By the Hoy at twight light
Sandwich Toll Bridge, looking towards the town and Admaral Owen
The Ship in Middle Street Deal, always has a good selection of ales
Sandwich Toll Bridge looking into the town. Will be ontour soon in the town
Got some more photos of tours over the past month. Firstly around Sandwich, then the lovely seaside town of Broadstairs. Broadstairs has some great pubs but also a Wonderful beach, Viking Bay, you'll also find a nice small harbour area here.
The New Inn, Sandwich, nice lively place and often live music, more so on a Tuesday and Thursday Evening all year round  The George and Dragon, Fisher Street Sandwich, nice beers and good food
Fleur De Lis, Sandwich. Again lively place to be, always a guest ale on as well as good food. And Music on a Friday Evening
At the bar in The Admiral, in Sandwich, near the Toll Bridge
The Admira, and Cripin by the Toll Bridge, Sandwich
The Crispin, Sandwich
Now onto some of the places we went to in Broadstairs.You'll find many more pubs and places to eat in this seaside town, well worth a visit if your ever in the area
The Bradstow Mill, near the Railway station in Broadstairs Paul outside the Tartar Friget by the Harbour Tartar Friget, Broadstairs
Prince Albert in the High Street Broadstairs The Charles Dickens on the cliff top at Broadstairs, not too far brom Bleak House, Charles Dickens house in the town
The Dolphin, Broadstairs
Old Lifeboat house on the harbour at Broadstairs
Ye Olde Crown in Broadstairs High Street
The Harbour at Broadstairs
The old lifeboat house in Broadstairs, The town had a lifeboat until the early part of the last century
Late March afternoon view of Broadstairs Harbour. Nice views over looking Viking Bay
Over the the last Weekend of July, The Hare And Hounds in Northbourne held its yearly beer festival. Again this year there was a fine selection of ale's from Kent and around the country. The next Real Ale festival in the area is over the entire August Bank Holiday weekend at The Crown in Fingelsham. They also have a fund raising day on the Sunday 26th with a 5 a side football tournament, with a Pig roast and fun for the kids including a bouncey castle.
2007.Hare and Hounds Beer Festival
2007 Hare and Hounds Beer Festival
2007 Hare and Hounds Beer Festival, Landlord Bruce at Work..Good Boy!
Paul, Johnny and Bruce, just on the look out!
Tye, from the St Crispian at Worth, like the colours lad!
So now it's September, where has this year gone?. Tom, Kev, Hippy Jeff, Paul, and myself in the first 2 weeks of the month have been to some old haunts and one or two new one's. One place we've not been to for almost 5 years was The Royal Oak at Noninigton, this is a very small village about 5 miles off the A2 on the road going towards Sandwich. It was a nice visit, friendly pub with some nice real ales and home cooked food. We also went to The Deal Hoy, another of our favourites and was pleased to see the Late Red was on.
Tom and Kev out the back of the Royal Oak
Jeff the Landlord at The Hoy in Deal
The Royal Oak at Nonington
The back of the Royal Oak In the centre is Jeff the landlord of the Deal Hoy
The Royal Oak in the lovely Kent Village of Nonington
The Alma in West Street Deal
Sea Front area by the pier in Deal, with The Kings Head, Port Arms and  Dunkerleys
Hippy Jeff outside the Kings Head Deal, September 2007

Above is a photo of the Alma pub in Deal. Above centre is a nice area just past the pier in Deal, you can see the Kings Head, Port Arms and Dunkerleys.

One last visit for now was to Margate and a lively back street pub called The Northern Belle, named after some of the beams that built this pub came from a ship wreck of the boat Called the Northerne Belle. This is a Shepps house with a full rang of this Kentish brewers ales. I went there to hand over a cheque for £1551 the pub had raised over a weekend for the Margate Lifeboat. Well done to Dave and the Customers, and thanks for a great afternoon

Dave the Landlord behind the bar at the Northern Belle Margate
The big hand over with the Margate lifeboat crew and customers of the Belle
look out its Dave and her indoors at the Belle in Margate
Welcome to our tour page for 2008, as in past years the Sandwich Lads on Tour intend to go out and about and visit not only town pubs and bars, but also out into the country. Thanks to our Driver Kev, who only drinks soft drinks, we can get out most weekends.
Deal Pier on a cold Winters day
The Three Compasses on Deal Sea front
Along the sea front at Deal
At the end of Jan we had a walk around Deal, bit wet and windy it was
Went to The Hoy, and the Prince Albert, also the Three Compasses in Beach St
The Prince Albert in Deal
Jeff the Landlord of The Deal Hoy
On our way to The Dover Beer Festival
Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd February was the Dover Winters ales Festival, around 70 beers you could choose from.
Maria and Kev outside the Bow's at Deal
Kev and Maria outside the Hoy
At The dover Beer Festival 2008
2 more pictures from Deal
2 photos above are the team heading to and at the festival

On Wednesday 12th March I took advantage of some holiday time and had another visit to a fine back street pub in Margate, The Northern Belle. Thanks to Dave and Debbie once again for a great afternoon, and the Tee Shirt. The Belle is another of Sheps Pubs in the area. The Northern Belle is Margate's oldest pub and has a great history.

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Dave, Debbie and Johnny at the Belle in Margate
I like the Tee Shirt, a pres from Dave and Debbie.
my best side!

Here we are it's now 2009. This year the Team has Expanded some what so we should be getting out a bit more in Sandwich, Deal, Dover, the Country pubs , and into Thanet as well

On Friday and Saturday 6th and 7th February in was the Annual White Cliff Winter Ales Festival. Again this Year it was well organised with over 70 beers from all over the UK.


Dovers White Horse
over 70 ales to enjoy.
The crew at the 2009 Dover Beer Festival

75 Winter ales to choose from at this years festival

The Berry Bar in Deal

Left is a photo of The Green Berry Main Bar in Canada Road, Deal.

Right, Margates Northern Belle handing over cash raised in Autumn 2009 by customers to the Kent air ambulance

The Hand over of the dosh in December 2009
On Saturday 20th March 5 of us had a nice walk around some of Ramsgates finest pubs. When it comes to real ales we really were spoilt for choice. We sampled the delights of The Montefiore Arms, The Sovereign, Churchill's, The Foy Boat and Artillery Arms. All well worth a visit
The Foy Boat in Ramsgate
Dove, Deal and Sandwich pub of the year 2008, 2009 and now 2010. Well done to Chris and his team
The Berry, Canada Road Walmer. Dover, Deal, Sandwich Pub of the Year
On Good Friday and Easter Saturday it was the Isle of Thanet's 5th Beer Festival, and once again what a great festival it was. The atmosphere was great, the music fantastic and with well over 200 beers and ciders a great time was had by the thousands who came. Well done to all who helped make this such a great event.
Thanet Beer Festival 2010
Paul Pearson and Steve Saunders at the Thanet 2010 Beer Festival


Below information about The Prince Albert, another good Real Ale pun in Deal

Another good Real Ale Pub in Deal More about the Albert

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John Pitcher

Membership Secretary DDS CAMRA

01304 214153 membership.secretary@camra-dds.org.uk

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