Cliff Hall, with whom the hotel has a special arrangement for discounted pre-theatre meals – and was heading for the striking Step Short Memorial Arch.
It all made sense now that the hotel has recently added lunches and an already-popular brunch menu to its repertoire. I’m coming back to try that, then I’ll head for the intriguing little beach I could see from my room via The Zig Zag Path built after the First World War to allow access to the shore.
Folkestone is fab, obviously, and The View is a great addition to its charms, with a dedicated young team at the helm and some exciting cooking emerging.
Boutique hotel with in-house restaurant and great sea views
The Cliffe restaurant and
The View Hotel, The Leas, Folkestone CT20 2EF, 01303 252102, www.viewhotelfolkestone.co.uk
Mon-Fri, 5pm-9pm, Sat 12pm4pm and 5pm-9pm, Sun 5pm-8pm
pan-roasted duck breast £21.20, Folkestone seafood chowder £18.50, oven-roasted pork belly £18.40, lemon meringue pie with raspberry coulis £7.80
The hotel and restaurant command a fine seafront position on The Leas