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FAMILY AFFAIR

I took some family who are over from Australia to The Grand Hotel in Folkestone, Kent for a superb cream tea.  They sat us in the best window seat with glorious views over The Leas’s towards France.  As usual the scones were huge and delicious, the tea always tastes better from a tea-pot, the service is wonderful and the ambiance of this hotel is what makes you want to go back again and again.

I feel like we have a very modern family as it is my children’s father and his wife that are here visiting and staying with my girls.  Myself and Jodie decided on The Grand as I keep telling her how nice it is.  The conversation flowed with lots of laughs, his wife Elaine is a lovely person and gets on with everyone, one of the grandchildren described her as being ‘very funny.’  It is nice to see him connecting with all his grandchildren as some he had never seen before, so a wonderful afternoon was had by all of us.  I feel it is such a shame that some families let the bitterness destroy any happy times together as it is always the children that miss out.

 

 

FOOD & DRINK AT SUNNY SANDS

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For a small business they really do cater for just about anything, from blow up rings to buckets and spades for the children and the best ice cream to keep them happy.  For the coffee lovers you can sit outside looking out to sea, up the hills or to the harbour, lots of inspiration there for us writers and the coffee is good.

Prices to suit every pocket, lovely friendly staff, what more could you ask for on your day at the beach.  If you fancy a beer they even have that for you, nice and cold.

It really is the best sandy beach that’s safe for children, many of our local play groups take the children there for a day out.  I often go down there and just sit people watching or looking out to sea, on a clear day you can see France and it makes you realise how close it is.

THE LADIES THAT LUNCH

THE WHEATSHEAF HUNGRY HORSE AT WHITSTABLE

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It was the lovely Lynda’s birthday lunch on Wednesday so we went over to her neck of the woods, Whitstable, luckily it was a Hungry Horse pub and we had a voucher for 33% of the main meals, what a bargain!  This pub is bigger than usual and also has a huge garden with a play area and many tables.  Service was excellent as usual with the food coming out altogether and hot, staff were so friendly and nice.

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This was the last birthday meal for Lynda but she has got a trip on the Orient Express, a cruise and a couple of days in Oxfordshire to look forward to, I can’t wait till I have a special birthday if this is what you get.

As usual there was so much going on that we all forgot about the pics but I did get the desserts and lets face it they are the best bit.

The portion of chocolate fudge cake was amazing so I had to help Sylvie eat it!  I do not agree with waste lol.  As usual the lunch took about 4 hours but we had a cracking time.

FOLKESTONE GARDEN CENTRE

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Super offers from our garden centre at the moment, I especially like the free cream tea so will be paying them another visit this month.  I also like the free lantern which is a great gift from just buying your plants for the summer garden.  There is so much choice here and a favourite place of mine to get birthday presents as there are many unusual bits here.

I had to buy another notebook, just in case I run out! LOL you can never have too many and that’s my reasoning also it was only £1.99 and it fits in my handbag.

I have never met friendlier staff than here, nothing is too much trouble for them and they go out of their way to find exactly what you require.

 

 

BIRTHDAY LUNCH FOR KAREN & SHARON AT HUNGRY HORSE, FOLKESTONE

THE LADIES WHO LUNCH

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We had a full set this week with the next few photos showing what a laugh we had, my sides ached.  There was even a bit of pole dancing done by Sylvie, I think the boots made her do it….LOL.

It was a shame that we had to say good-bye to Liv the manager of the pub but we will be catching up with her at her new place in a couple of months.

As usual the food was cooked to perfection, the five bottles of wine helped to make it one of the most memorable lunches for us all.  Us nine have known each other for over twenty years, it is so nice to have real friends like this, I feel very honoured to be part of this close group of ladies.

There were only two dessert’s we all picked, the millionaires cheesecake seems to taste better every time, I will say it would be better with two scoops of ice-cream.  The lemon meringue is so light and our two ladies who normally have a few problems with desserts both had this and thoroughly enjoyed it, that’s Jackie and Lynda by the way or the terrible twins! LOL.

Presents were exchanged, pictures in my birthday post.  Four hours of mayhem that Liv joined in with when she could and I hope the flowers are still alive Liv?

Looking forward to our next lunch as it is a very special one as celebrating Lynda’s 70th!

 

ELETO CHOCOLATE CAFE, FOLKESTONE

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What more could you require than a specialist chocolate cafe?  Well come to Folkestone as we have just that, newly opened this week and the talk of the town already. This was one place I could not wait to visit so when Billie suggested we go there for my birthday treat, I was a tad excited.

Upon entering you are struck by the vastness, chairs and tables with space round them and even some comfy sofas to relax on and enjoy your coffee.  Then when seated you are given the menu, wow, what a menu it takes a while to read it all and decide which chocolate dish to succumb to.  There are also some light bites that make it a perfect place for a quick-lunch while at work or shopping.

Every type of tea, coffee or chocolate you could wish for plus the usual cold drinks and then more, it even has a liqueur licence so a cheeky glass of Prosecco is an indulgence that goes so well with chocolate covered strawberries!

The crepe is light, ice-cream delicious in fact everything is wonderful as it is covered in chocolate.  Best deal I found was a coffee and croissant before eleven for £2.80 yes they have chocolate croissant, I’m having dreams about chocolate it really is the most amazing cafe I have been to, ever.

Opening early and closing late, also catering events this place has ticked all the boxes for a 5 * review.

 

MISSY MOO’S GELATO PALACE

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We had a new ice-cream, dessert, coffee-house open in Folkestone this week so we had to go and try it out. Alfie went for the strawberry gelato and I had hot chocolate fudge cake with vanilla gelato, very nice and will definitely be going back.  Some bits were not completed so will take pics next time.  Not sure where they got the name Missy Moo’s from so that will be one question I will be asking them.  Lots of choice of the menu so even for a coffee it is a nice place to go in Sandgate Road, Folkestone.

I am sure they have been very busy this week with our heat wave we have been having so they opened just at the right time.  I really hope they will start to do Cookie Dough as that is just delicious.