TV viewers join Michael Portillo at Deal hotel

Posted: 05 January 2011

Blog category: News, Pubs

A former MP’s visit to an historic Shepherd Neame hotel is to be broadcast on BBC Two later this month.

Michael Portillo and his TV crew stayed at the Royal Hotel on Deal seafront last year while filming an episode of Great British Railway Journeys.

The series, which started on January 3, follows Mr Portillo’s journeys across the length and breadth of Britain, using Victorian railway enthusiast George Bradshaw’s guidebook.

His two-night stay at the Royal Hotel - where Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton paid frequent visits while the British fleet guarded the Kent coast against Napoleonic invasion in 1801 – was part of his filming of a journey from Sandwich to Folkestone.

It will be screened on January 27 at 6.30pm.
Royal Hotel manager Joice Wisdom said: “It was great to have Michael staying here. He filmed around the hotel and we were delighted that he enjoyed a pint of Spitfire.”