Notting Hill star Hugh Grant drops in for a pint at Dover pub
HOLLYWOOD star Hugh Grant has criticised the layout of Dover seafront – saying part of The Gateway flats should be flattened.
The Four Weddings And A Funeral star made the comments in a Dover pub where he was celebrating his return to fitness, after a recent health scare, with a beer and a packet of crisps.
Branding The Gateway "that monstrous council block casting its shadow over the town and blocking the sea view," he suggested to other regulars at the Castle Inn that knocking part of it down would improve the view for visitors and residents.
The millionaire actor said: "Dover appears to have been reduced to a port with a dual carriageway running to it.
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"Most towns have bypasses, Dover has built a road to have lorries thundering right through the middle. It must be the worst piece of town planning I have ever seen and with that council block along the front you can drive right the way through Dover without knowing there is actually quite a nice beach the other side.
"They should try and knock some holes in the block."
Castle Inn owner Paul McMullan says he is now planning to launch a campaign to knock the width of Russell Street out of the centre of The Gateway flats to give the town back its view and access to the beach.
Mr Grant, who checked himself into hospital with chest pains and breathing difficulties last week, was in town to test his fitness with a round of golf at Sandwich after being given the all-clear by medics.
Following the round at Royal St Georges, where the Open kicks off in July, Hugh fulfilled a promise he made to Mr McMullan to have a beer in his bar.
In January Mr McMullan came to the rescue when the star's new £140,000 Ferrari broke down in Eastry by giving him a lift to St Georges in his pub minibus.
At the bar staff where amazed when Hugh first walked in but he said: "I am a man true to my word and if I promise someone I will look in and say thank you for helping me out, I will."
Mr McMullan said: "He is just like you or me, apart from the Ferrari, the top models, the fame, the fortune, the adulation, the superstar pals and the jet set lifestyle, but he still enjoys a pint and on that note, the sly bugger left without paying. Hugh, mate, you owe me £5.40."