Time really does fly between the opportunities I get to leave the house and go to the pub. Went through Sandgate the other night and noticed The Providence was closed. I remember it being up for sale, the long term landlord John Latchford was retiring or something, could no longer make a go of the pub. The sale seems to have happened in September 2013, so eighteen months ago!
The Providence was bought by Billy Nutt with all sorts of showbiz connections, oh yes he was going to bring his friends from Eastenders down, as also claimed by another pub operator in the area. Billy Nutt did indeed deliver though, or at least formalise the arrangement, I remember seeing an evening with "Charlie from Eastenders" advertised.
I wonder if it will recover? It's always struggled in comparisons with The Ship just a few doors down...
This is my website The 'Gerald that I built in a fury of excitement when we first moved to Folkestone in approximately 2004. I'd been a frequent visitor for a while previous to that so I am technically one of those Down From Londons you get now. The site was updated more frequently with a calendar of events and voting for best venues and things, and I know it was a handy reference for others who were thinking of 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 The town is becoming the exciting place we always thought it was just about to. My name is not Gerald BTW, this comes from the name of a fake paper in an episode of Brasseye or something, the Portsmouth Gerald, and how there is a local paper here called the Folkestone Herald. Puns like this are great aren't they? Do contact me if you have anything to contribute, email anythign @ this domain, or try @folkestone or @pauly on the twitter.