I popped in recently for a drink down there with my wife and its quite nice. There are a few things that need finishing, but that's kind of expected for a refurb. They are supposedly re-opening the restaurant soon as well which I think will help change the image of the pub.
With regards to the down-sizing of the pub, its just a temporary measure. I got told that within about 3-6 months they will be opening the other half which will house live bands on a frequent basis.
p.s. they do have a few real ales)
This is part of my site The 'Gerald that I set up in a fury of enthusiasm when I first came to Folkestone sometime in '04. I'd been a frequent visitor for a few years previous to that but I am technically one of those Down From Londons you get nowadays. The site used to be updated more frequently with a calendar of events and voting for best venues and things, + I know it was a handy reference for others who were thinking of moving to the area. Now I've moved out of Folkestone again (though only a couple of miles) it doesn't get as much attention as it used to. Ironic really as Folkestone itself is becoming the exciting place we always thought it was about to become. My name is not Gerald by the way, this comes from the name of a fake newspaper in an episode of Brasseye or something, the Portsmouth Gerald, and how there is a local newspaper here called the Folkestone Herald. Puns like this are great aren't they? Do contact me if you have anything to offer, email anythign @ this domain, or try @folkestone or @pauly on the twitter.