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Links Hotel

Date of photo: 1952

Picture source: Bob Inman

The Links Hotel was situated at 91 Fordbridge Road. This pub was built to serve Ashford Golf Club opposite and closed c1974. After a while being closed and becoming increasingly dilapidated it was demolished and replaced by a new pub called The Kings Fairway.
My Dad (b.1909) always called the Links a white elephant. He said it was built to compliment the golf course across the road but had never been a success. When I was a teenager in the 60s the upstairs always looked lifeless and when I first visited in 1970 aged 18, the public bar was on the corner with a lounge running from doors to the right of the public bar right around to doors to the left of the public bar. A large L shaped lounge surrounding the small public bar where I used to play darts. It was a Charringtons pub in those days and a distant memory was that a half of Crown was 10d with the premium bitter 1 shilling a half. The landlord was a distinguished chap and his two sons Dave and Julian ran the pub. I used the lounge as well with football team mates on a Sunday night. A friend was a barman there in the early 70s and the innovation at the time was a television used on a Saturday night after closing so the staff and owners would watch the newly introduced “midnight movie” on BBC 2. In those days the UK closed about midnight.
Robert Keen (July 2023)

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