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Wear Bay Road, Folkestone, Kent CT19 6BL   Phone: 01303 246804  They also do on-line booking which you can find on their website at The East Cliff Pavilion.  Email: thepavilionkent@gmail.com

Up on the hill looking down over the harbour you will find this restaurant, The East Cliff Pavilion, well two restaurants as one is the seafood and grill restaurant which offers A La Carte menu while enjoying the views sitting on the sea view terrace. This scene is amazing, I could sit here all day looking out over the channel to France. I am also just loving the glow of pink from the bar lights and those bar stools actually look comfortable. I am now imagining sitting there with a cocktail or two.

No expense has been spared on the renovation of this old building and it shows, I can envisage this being a good cabaret location or for dinner and dance nights. It would also make a lovely venue for a wedding reception again just like it was years ago, in fact my daughter had her’s there, such a good large area.

We did pick the worse day regarding views and outside terraces as it was raining all day. I did realise that the bar terrace would get the evening sunshine so that is going to be a gorgeous spot for a summer’s evening. The owner is very nice, he has worked hard on getting this just right. I spoke to him about doing a review and blog post so he offered us a meal and drinks on the house, you don’t get many that do that these days but I must say Folkestone looks after their own and we have some super owners of bars and restaurants here. I would like to take this opportunity of thanking you and wishing you well.

THE FOOD:

What we had to share was exceptional with the whitebait being so tasty with just enough of a coating on them. Then the dip just finished it off with the crisp sharpness of it.  The portions were a good size and not many little ones.

The batter on the prawns was so light, again with a different sauce. Lots of good flavours going on, I felt a bit like that advert where bouquets of lovely tastes burst from your mouth.

Then the stable bread and olives, I must say I am a bit fussy with olives as I like them green, pitted with a filling and these ticked every box for me. I was very tempted to ask where they got them from. It was a nice change to have a red pepper hummus as I am not a lover of the balsamic oil which you normally get.

This was excellent, I would definitely recommend everything and I am looking forward to taking my family here.

So get booking for that meal and I may just see you on the terrace with a cocktail or two!

As this is on the hill where the snow gets it is often full of people and sledges in the winter, so what a super place to pop in to for the traditional hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream.

I am really liking this establishment and its location so please give it a try next time you are going out for a meal as I am sure you won’t be disappointed.

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PUBLISHED BY ARIA 1st DECEMBER 2017

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I am so excited to be on this blog tour, mainly because Faith Hogan is such a lovely person and of course she has written a great book. Us bloggers mainly get manuscripts sent to our Kindle but occasionally they send us the book but Faith improved on that by not only sending a bookmark but also a gorgeous bracelet with these words:

Tie this bracelet to your wrist,

Close your eyes and make a wish.

When the cord starts to fray,

Your wish is on its way.

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That is so nice and it’s little things like this that make reading all these books worth while. Thank you Faith x

THE GIRL I USED TO KNOW

Two women. Two very different lives. One unexpected friendship.

Amanda King and Tess Cuffe are strangers who share the same Georgian house, but their lives couldn’t be more different.Amanda seems to have the perfect life. But the reality is a soulless home, an unfaithful husband and a very lonely heart.While Tess has spent a lifetime hiding and shutting her heart to love.But if they can open up to one another, these two women may just learn that sometimes letting go is the first step to moving forward and new friendships can come from the most unlikely situations.

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Faith Hogan is an Irish award-winning and bestselling author of four novels. Her books have featured as Book Club Favorites, Net Galley Hot Reads and Summer Must Reads. She writes grown up women’s fiction which is unashamedly uplifting, feel good and inspiring.
Faith’s latest book, What Happened To Us? is published in October 2018.
She writes crime fiction as Geraldine Hogan – Silent Now is available to pre-order now!
Faith was born in Ireland. She gained an Honours Degree in English Literature and Psychology from Dublin City University and a Postgraduate Degree from University College, Galway.
She is currently working on her next novel. She lives in the west of Ireland with her husband, four children and a very busy Labrador named Penny. She’s a writer, reader, enthusiastic dog walker and reluctant jogger – except of course when it is raining!

WHAT DID I THINK:

Where to start as this story had a bit of everything and had me looking forward to picking it up again to read it. This is a longer book with over 400 pages but it needs that as everything is picked apart it’s like you know as a reader what the characters are thinking. I thought Tess and Amanda were great and it goes to show we all need a friend at some points in our life, they end up best friends and their lives change dramatically with it ending up bringing them closer. Strong women are what they become but it does not come easily, just like real life. I thought the way Amanda’s house becomes a home was such a nice way to describe it and you could imagine her sitting in there painting and happy. Brilliant happy story that was a pleasure to read and review, thank you Faith and Aria books.

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I came across this stall last weekend and really liked the clothes and bags they were selling so thought I would give them a plug on here.

I got myself a top but could have bought a dress as well and then I saw the scarves, they felt so nice all soft, warm and cosy.

They will be having Sunday stalls at the Harbour station market a couple of dates in August so I will have to remember to pop down, best start saving!

 

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We celebrated Lynda’s birthday last week when we all met up for lunch at Brickfields in Folkestone. There was a lot of chatter going on so everyone forgot to take any pictures but I can say that it was all very nice and we all cleared our plates. It was an oval table so we could all hear the conversation so that was good.

I did take pics of the desserts which I must say were very good and considering they were only about £2.49 with the two meals for £8.99 it was all a bargain. The only thing I would say is why on earth have they taken salmon off the summer menu? Very strange.

We still are a few ladies missing due to health and prior engagements but we still managed to have a laugh, roll on next month.

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This is still if not more popular than the day they opened this The Harbour Arm in Folkestone. Live music every weekend now gets the crowds down there with many food establishments to choose from.

The views of Sunny Sands and The White cliffs are amazing. That surf walking looks so easy!

Saturday was the Most Wuthering Heights Day and we certainly pulled out all the stops for this as the Harbour Arm was packed! Photos by the lovely Patricia of the red invasion on the arm.

Many places to eat now also a huge screen TV to watch films or sporting events.

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A super place to spend your weekend as there is always something going on.

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To say that this is a quiet seaside town, you would be very wrong as there appears to always be something going on. Who can remember what shows used to be put on in one of these tents?

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Punch and Judy, I wonder what the children thought of that? It certainly made me remember sitting on the sand or grass watching them.

The vintage fete looked like a good success up on The Leas, lots of old cars to make you remember times gone by. Swing music was being played with so many people singing or swaying along to it.

There was such a lovely atmoshere here on Saturday and nice to just wander about and have a sit down. The bandstand had live music with many people dancing.IMG_0296.jpg

Further down The Leas by The Leas Cliff Hall there was more music with many people dressed up, dancing, it was really good to sit and watch.

A brilliant, relaxing day in Folkestone.

Great pictures of the cars from Patricia, thank you x

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PUBLISHED BY URBANE PUBLICATIONS 4th JULY 2019

Killing Sin (1)

I am so pleased to be on this blog tour, this book is one of the best ever. It has everything and will make you keep turning the pages until the end!

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KH Irvine grew up in Scotland and now lives near London. The book was her 50th birthday gift to herself, believing you are never too old to try something new. Her work has taken her to board rooms, universities and governments all over the world and has included up close and personal access to special forces. A Killing Sin is her first book. The second follows on a few years later as Britain moves to civil unrest with the rise of the far right as the personal and political become intertwined.

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Would you surrender your secrets to save a life?

London. It could be tomorrow. Amala Hackeem, lapsed Muslim tech entrepreneur and controversial comedian, dons a burqa and heads to the women’s group at the Tower Hamlets sharia community. What is she doing there?

Ella Russell, a struggling journalist leaves home in pursuit of the story of her life. Desperate for the truth, she is about to learn the true cost of the war on terror.

Millie Stephenson, a university professor and expert in radicalisation arrives at Downing Street to brief the Prime Minister and home secretary. Nervous and excited she finds herself at the centre of a nation taken hostage. And then it gets personal.

Friends since university, by the end of the day the lives of all three women are changed forever. They will discover if friendship truly can survive secrets and fear.

WHAT DID I THINK?

Were do I start as this grabs you from the very first page so you cannot put it down. Thank you to LOVE BOOKS GROUP TOURS for sending me the book in return for a full review.

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A KILLING SIN is the best book I have read this year and will be my top book for 2019, a very bold statement I hear you say. I just cannot see anything beating it but I have been known to be wrong so we will wait until December for the balloons and whistles.

Back to the book, not one I would have picked myself so I am pleased when I said yes to a blog tour and honest review as I read something wonderful.

For a first book, yes K.H. Irvine turned 50 and decided to write a book!

I am so pleased she did as I could not put it down. Terrorists are not a good thing to read about as always makes me think it will give people ideas. As you read this it makes you wonder how much is actually true or just made-up? I have no idea but it all reads like it is very true and factual. Sleazy government sounds real!

Emotions really come to the surface as people face a situation that you would never think could happen, I found I was either angry or upset it goes like a swing as you read. The details keep you hooked plus the shock factor through this story, how do they brain wash young people but after reading you can understand a part of that is whatever the young person is facing in their own life. Some just want to belong and feel part of something.

Friendships follow us through life with these three women knowing that nothing will ever be the same. You wonder how they will survive or will they? Terror and deep pain flow through this book, it really is an outstanding piece of work that deserves being a best seller and in everyone’s top five of this year.

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PUBLISHED BY AVON ON 11th JULY 2019

Katerina Diamond is the author of the Sunday Times Best Selling Exeter based crime thriller series – starting with ‘The Teacher’ and followed by The Secret, The Angel, The Promise and Truth or Die, Katerina is currently working on her seventh novel which is a standalone.

Katerina also runs the facebook book group CRIME SUSPECT with several other crime authors.

Katerina currently lives in East Kent. Katerina was born in Weston-super-Mare and has lived in various places since including Greece, Cyprus, Derby, East London and Exeter. Katerina watches way too much TV.

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Their darkest secrets won’t stay buried forever…

The butchered body of a professor is found in a private office of Exeter University. It is the first in a spate of horrific murders that shakes the city to its core.

Who would target a seemingly innocent man, and why? DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles turn to his students for answers, but their investigation turns up no leads. Someone must know more than they’re letting on…

As the body count rises, the police have to look into the past to uncover the person responsible before it’s too late.

But are they brave enough to face up to the truth?

WHAT DID I THINK:

I adore Katerina’s books and have read most of them, very quickly I must say as once you start they keep you so intrigued you just have to carry on. How many people are going to end up dead? This keeps you guessing and trying to work out what is going on. I love her style of writing as it’s shocking but it all fits together so well. Grey and Miles are brilliant, fitting together like a pair of old socks. These books are a bit different as they get right in to the dirt of the story so you can eventually fit it together. Very well written and another best seller.

There really are some great books about at the moment.

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I have just got to give you a taster of this amazing book!

A Killing Sin is a female-led psychological thriller. Homeland meets Cracker or Wire in the Blood. The book is set in London in the near future. Post Brexit. Trump’s second term. But it could be tomorrow.

The story centres around three dynamic women, strong but flawed, who met at university and forged a life-long friendship. Their lives become intertwined with that of another young woman, a committed jihadist who embarks on a horrific terrorist plot spanning 12 hours that hits right in the heart of Government.

A Killing Sin forces us to consider when tolerance becomes intolerable and where security measures become racial profiling. It is a highly commercial, resonant book that is not simply a compelling and addictive read but will trigger debate.

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