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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. 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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