For choices of unusual websites on Thanet topics you can find two on the BBC “H2G2” website.
One of these is the “Broadstairs Pub Crawl” which writes: “The gentle stroll around Broadstairs is around 2 km and takes in 16 hostelries, as well as a fair amount of Broadstairs' historical elements and architecture.
The pub crawl starts at Broadstairs station and from there, it slowly samples the liquid delights on offer from this most famous of seaside towns; describing every tavern in conscientious detail. It should, in my opinion at least, award a medal or a special mention to anyone who reaches the last pub and is able to stand unaided.
Any mention of pubs and “pubbing” in Thanet can’t be complete without a mention of another local institution, the Thorley Taverns and a team of dedicated researchers just happen to have spontaneously written the history of these important landmarks, together with a biography of Mr Frank Thorley as well:
The story begins:
“Frank Thorley is the man behind Thorley Taverns, a multi-outlet public house chain, with many of its hostelries in Thanet, The Isle of Thanet, Kent, England, Kent. There are so many that locals call the area Planet Thorley (The area is known as Planet Thanet, as it is a 'World away from anywhere else', this researcher has been told!!!). He works with his son Philip, continuing to build the business.”
I had no idea that there were so many Thorley Taverns, I counted 32 before going cross-eyed but for a better glimpse of a local business success, story. Please read on....