A Nose Around Albion House, Ramsgate And The Story Of The ‘Little Ships’

I’m not sure if you are a fan of the Hotel Inspector? If you are then you may have seen the episode where Alex Polizzi got Albion House, Ramsgate into her eager, hotelier hands.

Being nosier than bag of cats that haven’t seen the light of day since the dawn of time, after seeing said episode I’ve been dying to have a nosey around. A few days ago my curious nature was at last sated, we popped in for lunch and a bit of a relax in the bar.

Close up of a huge champagne bucket at Albion House Hotel, Ramsgate
Plant photographed from an unusual angle at Albion House Hotel, Ramsgate
I think I may have brought the tone of the place down a notch or two when I ordered a beer, but in my defense it was a Kentish brew I hadn’t tried – so a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do 🙂

Unusual Greek ornament
Loung bar at Albion House, Ramsgate
From the areas I saw – the bar, loos and restaurant – the decor is stylishly elegant with a quirky twist. Tasteful enough for a special occasion, yet not so overdone that it could make some people feel uncomfortable.

The restaurant at Albion House, Ramsgate
Close up of flowers in a vase

Lunch was delicious, reasonably priced and the staff are friendly. Although, it has to be said, it wasn’t difficult to tell that this is a fairly new establishment and is still feeling its feet – I would definitely pay Albion House another visit, or two, or three.

The ‘Little Ships’

Stuffed full of yumminess, we then ventured down to take a peek at the Operation Dynamo exhibition which was being held at the entrance to Ramsgate Tunnels. I think most of us will know, or have an idea of the story of the evacuation of Dunkirk during the second world war. However, reading about the sheer scale of the operation, and the unity of the people of Ramsgate in helping rescue so many soldiers was truly humbling.

For those of you who may not be aware of Operation Dynamo, or want to know more – here’s a brief explanation:

Operation Dynamo was the code name given to the evacuation of troops who were cornered by enemy forces on the beaches of Dunkirk, which sits on the north coast of France.

The evacuation was announced to the British public on 29 May and hundreds of privately owned boats began arriving at Dunkirk to ferry troops, many of them injured, to safety. This flotilla of small vessels became known as the ‘Little Ships’. 765 vessels were involved in the operation, almost a third were lost.

More than 380,000 troops were rescued from the beaches and the contribution these Little Ships made to the Dunkirk evacuation gave rise to the term ‘ Dunkirk spirit’, which we still use to describe the British ability to rally together in the face of adversity.

Despite these heavy losses, the valiant Little Ships assisted in the rescue of 309,739 troops. Around 43,000 of these troops landed at Ramsgate and were clothed, fed and nursed by both professionals and the public – humbling indeed!

I have no idea whether photographs of the exhibition are prohibited or not, I personally felt that snapping away would have been a tad disrespectful. Rather than take photographs, I actually read and absorbed the information – and was incredibly moved by it all.

I did get some pics of the entrance to the tunnels though 🙂

A kettle which says, "Come on in we're open."
The entrance to The Tunnels at Ramsgate

2 Comments

  1. Charli
    August 21, 2015 / 8:22 pm

    Being from across the pond and all, I had not heard of Operation Dynamo, and reading the description gave me goose-bumps and tears in the eyes. Thank you for sharing this! How valiant and brave (insufficient words!) they all were!!

    • August 24, 2015 / 4:41 pm

      I’m glad you liked the post, I was incredibly moved by the the display. As you say, valiant and brave are insufficient words x

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