The good old-fashioned pub is a staple of British culture that can unite us all.
Memories of meeting friends for a pint at your local can stay with you forever, making their closures even sadder.
Kent has lost its fair share of drinking places over the years and these lost Folkestone haunts have truly made us nostalgic.
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We even struggled to keep the number at 10 due to the large number of pubs leaving the city streets.
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The cherry pickers
The Cherry Pickers was located on Ashley Avenue before the pub was razed at Christmas 2017.
A popular drinking spot since the 1960s dubbed “the heart of the community”, locals fought in the summer of 2013 to stop one of its former owners, Punch Taverns, from selling the land for development.
But a fire the following year destroyed its inner shell and left the site in a derelict state before demolition.
The land was sold several years ago after plans to keep it as a pub were deemed ‘financially unviable’ and a demolition order was granted in 2015 to demolish it.
The area has since been redeveloped to provide nine homes.
The Princess Royal
Located on South Street was the Princess Royal.
This pub was deemed an unsafe structure some time ago and plans have been made to demolish it and level the area behind Gillespies.
Originally called Engine Inn, the site has been occupied as a pub since 1845.
A structural survey revealed that the building had dry and wet rot on all floors, including the joinery, collapsed rainwater drains and asbestos.
One of Cheriton’s main boozers in the 1970s, 80s and 90s was The Morehall, located at 284 Cheriton Road.
However, in 2016 an out-of-town developer bought the building at auction and spruce up the tired interior.
The structure remains but has since been divided into eight apartments.
He even starred in an episode of Homes Under The Hammer.
The White Lion
Another lost Cheriton Road pub was The White Lion, which was closed in 2006 after a shooting in May of that year.
It was frequently used by Irish workers building Dungeness nuclear power stations on Romney Marsh in the 1960s.
A small statue of Matthew Webb, the first recorded man to cross the English Channel to France, featured in the pub.
Another feature was the violent fights on Saturday night.
Despite having been abandoned for years, plans to become shared accommodation for former servicemen in 2017 were turned down by Folkestone and Hythe District Council’s planning committee.
However, it was announced last year that it would be turned into 18 new homes and a cafe.
Once part of Folkestone’s nightlife scene, The Frenchman was a more recent closure to the town.
Its popularity was inevitable given that punters could enjoy a pint, watch Sky Sports and listen to live music.
After a long run, first opening in 1857, the pub suddenly closed for the last time in May 2017, much to the disappointment of locals.
It’s since been taken over by the family-run Ramblins chain, who rebranded it as Radnor Arms and gave it a trendy, modern revamp in the process.
Found at 73-77 Foord Road, it is understood that this pub closed in 2012.
While part of the old site has been rehabilitated into housing, part remains in a state of disrepair.
It was the perfect spot for a pre-clubbing drink before punters headed to the nightlife scene of Tontine Street and Marine Parade (the Priz).
The Earl Gray was renowned for its regulars before it closed in the late 2000s.
After being renovated, the former building owned by Shepherd Neame eventually became the Big Boys Fine Burger Co. restaurant.
Piper’s was also known as Mick’s Flamenco Bar in the late 60’s.
But everything changed in 2010, when the haunt on rue Tontine obtained permission to remove the bar and replace it with offices for rent.
In its place is a modern multi-storey space for businesses, with Josh De Haan’s View London company being the anchor tenant.
You have to be of a certain vintage to remember Tofts as it reportedly closed in the 1980s.
Its official name was Tofts Jazz Club, it had over 6,000 members and it moved from Bouverie Road West to Grace Hill in 1964.
The ground floor of the premises was later occupied by other bars, including Tom Brown’s, Cartoon, Toffs, Toby House and Heroes.
The club started out as something a little different, as people actually attended jazz lessons and it later attracted big stars such as Eric Clapton and the Four Tops.
The Richmond Tavern
Another pub missed by locals is The Richmond Tavern on Margaret Street.
Considered by many to be an essential part of the community in the Folkestone East area, the pub closed in the mid-2010s and sat derelict for years.
They were known to hold meat raffles on Sundays.
One particular occasion saw enough raffle money raised to buy a guide dog for a blind man in Folkestone in 1995, and 20 more in 1998.
There was also outdoor seating, live music and real ale.
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