DOVER KENT ARCHIVES

Sort file:- Canterbury, December, 2018.

Page Updated:- Friday, 21 December, 2018.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest ????

Watershed

Latest 1998

4-5 Pound Lane

Canterbury

Watershed front

Above photo of the front of "Watershed." Above photo June 2001 taken from http://canterburypubs.co.uk

Watershed rear

Above picture from the same site, showing the rear of the premises, again in June 2001.

Watershed sign

What was left of the sign in June 2001.

 

I do not know when this first traded under the name of "Watershed" but information tells me it used to attract students advertising cheap cocktails. After it closed as the "Watershed" it was operating as the "Riverside Cocktail Bar." Then late 2002 it reopened as "Element 5," a classic French restaurant.

 

From BBC NEWS Saturday 8, November 2003

Protest over foie gras menu

Fattened goose liver has been a delicacy since the days of Egypt's pharaohs.

Animal rights protesters have held a rally outside a French restaurant in Kent, because foie gras is available on the menu.

The French owner of the restaurant, Element 5, in Canterbury, said he will continue to serve the goose liver delicacy, despite the doorstep protest.

Jean-Pierre Machet said he did not understand why he had been singled out for attention.

"I know of 10 restaurants selling foie gras in Kent," he said.

He said: "I am surprised it is my restaurant and not one of the other places selling foie gras.

"What can I do? Nothing. I let the protesters do as they want.

"If they are peaceful people and they don't disturb my customers, that's all right.

"I find it strange. We have been open for nearly one year and we are doing well."

France is the world's biggest producer of foie gras which, literally, means "fat liver" and is short for "pate de foie gras" - a rich pate made from the livers of ducks and geese.

Animal rights campaigners say the force-feeding and fattening of geese and ducks is intensely cruel.

During the last weeks of the birds' lives, tubes are inserted down their throats and grain is then force-fed, to fatten the liver.

 

 

More recently it was operating as a restaurant simply titled the "Riverside."

 

 

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