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A gastro bar? A gastropub yes, but a gastro bar? They’re making it up, surely. Good food in a good bar, it’ll never fly. In fact, I’ll eat one of my many hats if they manage it. So off i waddled, hat safely on head.  Hmmm, on arrival it would appear, however, that Peens have cleverly managed to create an atmosphere that balances the two without detriment to either. You can quench your thirst with a pint of Staropramen, sip an excellently made Mojito or glug one of the well chosen wines from the succinct list. But be warned, if you see the ladened plates teeter past you’ll be compelled to try. You can do so at the bar, at  one of  the tables, or, weather permitting, on the street watching the world go by. In fact why not pop down on Sunday morning and read the papers for free. The money you save can be put towards a top quality sausage sandwich (£3.50) or perhaps a premium Full English (£6.50). But, if noon has passed you needn’t be sad,  you’ll be able to chose from tapas size plates such as chorizo, eggs and sautéed potatoes (£7), hearty mains including steak frites (£12) or perhaps  the awesome Peens burger that comes in at just under a tenner. Go whenever you can  just make sure you do, and If you drop by on Saturday you may just see me applying ketchup to my trilby.

8 Victoria Parade, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 1QS, 01843 861289.

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Love, apparently, is a two-way street and for the past two years I’ve been unable to reciprocate the pleasure given to me by Posillipo’s. But with this column comes my chance. So here goes. I’ve probably eaten here a dozen or so times and it still makes me smile when they place my pizza in front of me. I’m sure you could spend more at Pizza Hut and certainly not get to enjoy an hour or so gazing out to sea at the defiant, all-weather swimmers. If only they knew how good the food was here they’d be digging trenches up the beach in a rush to get to my table. Though the secret seems to be out, owner Espedito manages to get couples, families, hen-nights and maybe the occasional swimmer into this lively ‘Little slice of Naples’ in Broadstairs. They can all enjoy fabulous pizza for under a tenner, great pasta dishes that cradle the freshest of seafood or a handful of meat and fish dishes that will challenge the hungriest of diners. There’s a specials board too that changes on a regular basis and to start, please do try their garlic bread with mozzarella. It’s just perfect. All of this can be washed down with an Italian beer or wine and you’ll still struggle to spend twenty pounds per person. I should know I’ve tried often enough.  I suppose I could do it if I tucked into the puds, but so far I’ve never had the room. Posillipos I love you.

14 Albion Street, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 1LU, 01843 601133. Posilipo's

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