Kent

We review The Bus Café at The Sun Deck on Margate’s Royal Crescent Promenade

Perhaps I’m being a bit of a snob, but a large red double-decker bus converted into a restaurant doesn’t necessarily fill me with confidence when it comes to quality grub. My fear is it’s all a bit of a gimmick – a case of expecting you to enjoy the experience of, ahem, eating on public …

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Why does it cost more to fill your tank with petrol in Canterbury than the Medway Towns?

Why does the cost of petrol depend where you live in Kent? With the rising cost of living everyone has to watch the pennies. Prices vary from one town to the next A large component of many people’s weekly expenditure is paying for fuel for the car. And while it is good news petrol prices …

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The Cozy Kettle in Hamstreet applies to remove rules stopping them from serving takeaway pizzas

The owner of a tearoom which has started serving pizza is asking a council to remove strict rules stopping her from selling takeaways. Sadie Michell took over the Cozy Kettle in Hamstreet, near Ashfordin January 2020 and expanded her menu to include pizzas earlier this year. Owner Sadie Michell has submitted an application to Ashford …

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New high speed 52-minute Maidstone East to London Charing Cross service as all first-class tickets scrapped in new Southeastern timetable

All first-class tickets on mainline Southeastern trains are to be scrapped in December as part of a radical shake-up of its timetable to reflect a post-pandemic world. The train operator says it has made significant changes to the services it operates across the county as it responds to a “seismic change” in the way we …

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Curzon cinema at new Riverside complex in Canterbury refuses to accept couple’s cash for payment

A “fuming” couple told they could not pay in cash at a new cinema feel the older generation is being “left behind”. Richard and Carol Riley recently visited the new five-screen Curzon at the £ 115 million Riverside complex in Canterbury. They had hoped to see the new facilities and enjoy a bite to eat …

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Chartham Paper Mill shuts down with dozens of jobs lost as owners placed into administration

Dozens of people have lost their jobs as a 284-year-old Kent business has suddenly been shut down. Residents have been expressing their dismay as Chartham Paper Mill, near Canterburyhas been placed into administration. Chartham Paper Mill Two years ago 80 jobs were saved at the site when a successful buyout was negotiated following insolvency proceedings …

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Energy prices are biggest threat Kent businesses have ever faced, says Professor Richard Scase

The government’s six-month cap on energy costs for businesses announced this week offers some relief to under-pressure firms. But Professor Richard Scase warns the impact of price rises will still be felt particularly hard in Kent … The uncertainties and the hike in international energy prices are probably the biggest threat that businesses in Kent …

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Campaigner lobbies government to ban disposable vapes as a threat to the environment

Disposable vapes are being found in rivers, harming animals and using up rare materials, a campaigner has warned. Environmentalist Tony Harwood from Maidstone has launched a petition calling on the government to ban the sale of disposable vapes because he claims they are destroying the environment. Tony Harwood is worried about vapes He says the …

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Indian restaurants across Kent fear closure amid energy and cost of living crisis

Concerned Indian restaurant owners fear closure if they do not get significant help from the government soon amid the cost of living crisis. Saif Islam, who owns Sundar Rachana in Rainhamsays he could be forced to rise the price of a curry by 25% but knows his customers will not be able to afford it. …

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