I have been doubting if it would open at all but there seems to be lots of work going on there, the doors have been open and people have been working inside, and there's scaffolding all over it so the outside is getting a spruce too. One thing that made me doubt it's recovery was the wording saying The Fountain being taken down, but I hope that is just so that can be decorated too.
If it was not a pub what could it be?
I suspect there is going to be lots of development just around this area over the next few years. There is a big plot where Seabrook Police Station picture used to be (before my time) that has been cleared... I hope it's something palatable that is built there and not some cheapo flats.
This is part of my site The 'Gerald that I built in a fury of excitement when I first came to Folkestone in approximately '04. I'd been a regular visitor for a few years before that so I am technically one of those Down From Londons you get now. The site used to be a lot more dynamic with a gig calendar and voting for best venues and things, and I know it was a handy reference for others who were moving here. Now I've moved out of Folkestone again (though only a couple of miles) it doesn't get as much attention as it used to. Ironic really as Folkestone itself is becoming the exciting place we always thought it was just about to. My name is not Gerald BTW, the name comes from a pretend paper in an episode of Brasseye or something, the Portsmouth Gerald, and how there is a local newspaper here called the Folkestone Herald. Puns like this are GRATE aren't they? Do contact me if you have anything to offer, email anythign @ this domain, or try @folkestone or @pauly on Twitter.