The morning started off with a short tube ride from Clapham Common where I had spent the night (not on the actual common but in the hotel on the side of the common). I then went to drop off my baggage at the George and popped over the road to meet up with friends (board name Suffolk and her husband).
I had plenty of time, so went to take some pictures along the Thames, and up into the air to the new London skymark, The Shard.
I went to the small graving dock that holds the Golden Hind, it takes one back to when this part of the river was full of wharfs, docks and the pubs and low life that frequented such places, the original Clink is to be found here.
I had a cup of coffee and used the free Wi-Fi in the adjacent coffee shop. Then went across the road and met up with my friends and another friend also came along, it was her first visit to Borough Market and her first London meet having come all the way down from Edinburgh, well done Trish.
Next it was across the road to the George for the wildfood boards New Year meet it was a very nice meet indeed, lots of well known and some new faces, but I think everyone enjoyed the afternoon, I know I did and look forward to some more during the coming year. Picnic anyone?
In do believe all enjoyed the food!
I went out for a couple of pints with Jason and Scott the manager of the George on Saturday evening, so decided to drive straight down to Whitstable and collect some kippers and have a breakfast of shellfish, whelks and crab sandwich.
From there I headed to Canterbury I had booked into the Falstaff again, for three main reasons.
I then walked past the old Guildhall
and then wandered through the wonderful middle-aged streets and had lunch at the Old Weavers House a half-timbered, low beamed and as its name implies an old weavers building on the high street alongside an arm of the river Stoure. I have dined here previously on a prior visit, so in I popped and saw on the board that they had duck breast on the daily board. This looked very nice (someone was tucking into a one on a neighbouring table) so I ordered my duck. It came and was very tasty, though a little too well-done for my liking of less than medium done taste in meats.
I then went back to the Hotel and was able to get into my room, as it has been in the other visit, it was in the main building. Very nice, very clean and just as I have become to expect in the Falstaff. I had been expecting to have my evening meal at a wonderful fish restaurant across the road, Chapman’s, this was unfortunately closed over the New Year period. I therefor went around the corner to the Westgate Inn, a Wetherspoons, I had a pint and then looked at the menu, well it was Sunday, so I had the Sunday Club roast, roast beef, with all the works and another pint , the whole shooting match was less than 10 quid, boy is that value for money, not the fine dining I had aimed for, but as always in Wetherspoons good food at great prices.
I then went back to the hotel and had another couple of pints and read the Sunday Newspaper (free), then went up to my room and watched a bit of TV before sleep.