OK, here's a personal note...
Being both amateurs of a decent pint and proud parents of our lovely daughter, my wife and I were afraid to go over to England. Before our kid was born, we used to cross the Channel on a regular basis, but with pub signs like "DOGS WELCOME, SORRY NO CHILDREN ALLOWED!" in mind, we chose to explore other and more child-friendly countries, me only popping over for football matches, waiting for a more relaxed attitude towards children in pubs.
Being Belgian, a good beer is a part of my culture and we just don't understand why drinking a good beer is something that should be done in secret, away from children's eyes. On the contrary, we feel that this is a part of daily life, a part of culture, and children should learn how to deal with this sensibly. It's a part of their education, a part of growing up and not even that special, come to think of it.
Anyway...so now, after more than 8 years we wanted to give it another try. And I must admit it was OK. We could enter pubs as a family, with some pubs (such as this one here) even being positively welcoming to our well-behaved daughter, who quietly enjoyed her tomato juice and probably wondered what all the fuss was about.
Proof is in the WS.
Deal is a small fishing town on the Channel coast, just north of Dover. The former garrison town was named as a 'limb port' of the Cinque Ports in 1278. Due to its position on the Downs, the town grew to become for a while the busiest port in England.
Today it enjoys the reputation of being a quiet seaside resort, its quaint streets and houses the only reminder of its fascinating history.
We spent a couple of very enjoyable days in Deal and its surroundings over the Remembrance Day weekend.
The Kings's Head is a traditional English seaside inn. Its history goes back some 250 years. The bar food is very good and there are some excellent local beers on tap, such as Spitfire.
Spitfire is the biggest ale success story of the last decade. Originally brewed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, its characteristically Kentish, hoppy flavor (along with a clever advertising campaign) has made it a firm favourite with beer lovers. And rightly so.
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ManuMay (36287) 2011-11-16 3:29
It looks as a very good place for a meeting!! ;)
I like very much your nice note...you are right!!
The place shows a typical one, with its special mood, with its aged signs and walls...and a WS that fits and invites!!
Have a nice day...
williewhistler (16412) 2011-11-16 4:31
Hello Benny,this is so sharp and clear that I can read the menu on the wall of The Kings Head!
Yes,there has been a change of attitude in lots of pubs here in the UK regarding allowing children inside these dens of iniquity..
Best regards Les.
sacimar (27807) 2011-11-16 8:02
original name for a pub, I like the facade, it is eye-catching, what is good to get clients... well seen and thanks for your interesting note,
ib-dick (15) 2011-11-16 8:44
Looks very vintage :)
luighi (5297) 2011-11-16 9:11
LLamativo y peculiar lugar el que nos enseņas aqui.El interior debe ser muy acogedor .
agjika (3177) 2011-11-17 10:43
I very much agree with you in the "sorry no children!" attitude. I remember being appalled when I first came to the UK and read a sign in Exeter saying: "Keep your children under control". My imediate action then was:"that this was some sort of military zone or that a fire had just broken out". To be honest though I got used to this now!
Very well seen with all those boards everywhere.
stevesaba (8167) 2011-11-18 11:06
This is a great series from Deal. I loved your notes; very entertaining. And it even made me feel like drinking beer which I actually rarely do. Now I feel I am missing something! But anyway, a fantastic photo here! Just the outside of this pub makes me want to go in! Beautiful clarity and perfectly framed. That spitfire looks pretty good too. Very fine, cheers,
raszid62 (18515) 2011-11-22 2:53
English Pubs - always and I loved the atmosphere which prevails in them and also their interior decoration. Perfect photograph giving the Spirit of Albion.
josepmarin (58359) 2011-12-04 11:27
I like this composition, in which you have combined with many efficiency the details of this beautiful traditional architecture, and the signs with a lot of information for to read.
The result is a very rich image graphically, illuminated well and with a good chromatic level.
It is a well seen work, which you have realized by means of a good framing.
Ricx (13495) 2012-01-29 2:42
Hi Benny, I see we walked down the same path and the same route in Deal. from the Kings Head down past the famous fishing bopat to the Cinema-- taking the exact same images ..
I find your note most interesting with regards pubs being unchild friendly.. I gues it was just old geysers who drank their sorrows away in a devilsh way.. Yeah Pubs are much more child friendly and those in the pubs more grown up.. have a great Sunday Rich