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Quirky Ramsgate pub is a labour of love for fashion photographer

By Thanet Times  |  Posted: April 18, 2012

  • HOST WITH THE MOST: Super snapper Nigel Askew and wife Suzanne are the hosts with the most at Ramsgate's Queen Charlotte pub

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A FASHION photographer has revived a rundown Ramsgate pub into Thanet's quirkiest watering hole.

Nigel Askew opened The Queen Charlotte last year after a 12-month refurbishment of the tavern.

The snapper and music video director says he took on the pub as a labour of love after he spotted the place on the market.

Nigel said: "I couldn't bear seeing another pub converted into a house.

"When I looked inside, the place had such an atmosphere that I fell in love with it on the spot and made an offer."

The tavern's decor has drawn rave reviews and the eclectic surroundings reflect Nigel's globetrotting lifestyle filming supermodels and superstars.

Nigel said: "Living in Ramsgate, I thought there was a niche we could fill.

"There aren't any bohemian places other than the Belgian Bar and it's nice that we're slightly off the beaten track away from the harbour.

"I opened the kind of pub I'd like to go to myself and stop me going to London for a night out."

The Queen Charlotte has become a popular hangout for creatives to relax, showcase their work in the upstairs gallery or perform in the bar.

Upcoming exhibitions include a Diamond Jubilee-themed show and a display of work by Andy Warhol's Factory photographer Nat Finkelstein.

Regular fixtures are the Thursday night knitting club and drinkers can bring their own vinyl and share their favourite records.

Soul and ska tunes tend to go down well with regulars but anything goes and last week, a 78-year old spinner wowed the crowds with 1920s favourites.

You won't get thirsty as Nigel keeps at least two real ales on tap with Gadds and Dark Star firm fixtures alongside a bevvy of bottled beers from around the world. Plans are even afoot for pie and mash at the QC from next month.

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