Series 8 - Who'd A Thought It, Kent

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In Kent, self-styled showman Joe has been popping champagne corks in the family-owned, eight-bedroom 'champagne and oyster bar with rooms' for the past 23 years.

After leaving his London casino job to manage the business, Joe’s aim has been to bring a taste of the four-star city luxury to the quiet Kent countryside. But his ‘unique’ tastes in décor haven’t been to everyone’s liking.

Cowhide bedspreads, four-man hot tubs and erotic artwork are just some of the delights facing potential guests at check-in. The poor occupancy rates and dwindling profits tell their own story.

Alex has her hands full, trying to convince Joe to embrace some changes to make his hotel a little more 'female friendly'. But when she is asked to spend the night in the ‘Champagne and Shoes’ room with mirrored ceilings and a dance pole, it is clear that Joe’s naked ambition may have gone one step too far…

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  • Kerstin

    1 year ago

    Kerstin

    I think the manager of the hotel hit the nail right on the head in this episode when we said something like "she always has something to moan about...but then, who would want to live with her???" Full marks for summing up arrogant Alex' attitude in one sentence! If she is such a great hotel expert, why does she have to do this TV series anyway, hmm? Not making enough money from a real job, but hassling others and forcing her room designs on them, only smiling when manager's mothers confirms she absolutely "loves the new style to bits". Does Alex ever accept criticism or questioning when she is trying to push her staff meetings and overview sheets. Welcome to Polizzi's democratorship - you will be allowed to do what Queen Alex tells you to do. Ask questions and she'll throw a tantrum. All she wants is to have the camera screen her legs up from ridiculously high heels up after each advertising block and show her parading around with a superior look on her face. GO HOME, ALEX!

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  • Mark

    over 1 year ago

    Mark

    although i feel the rooms are a little expensive i have visited it twice. and i must say the restaurant and food is the best i have ever tasted, and will be visiting again.

  • Jacqui

    almost 2 years ago

    Jacqui

    I visited the hotel this weekend, and was a little disappointed that the Bollinger Room had not been changed at all since the feedback they recieved from Alex. The picture of that room on the website is so much nicer than the actual room, which was a real shame. The restuarant is so amazing though - what a fabulous job they have done with that since the program - the food was absolutely amazing..........

  • Alex

    over 2 years ago

    Alex

    I am visiting shortly for dinner hopefully. Am looking forward to seeing the layout and to try the menu's special and champagne. :) The countryside setting looks very picturesque I thought. Lovely garden area in the summer months to dine in.

  • Jenny B

    over 2 years ago

    Jenny B

    I loved this episode especially the chemistry between joe & Alex. I would definately stay there in the champagne & shoes room.

  • ElenaG

    over 2 years ago

    ElenaG

    Nice enough bloke. HIDEOUS taste and style.

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  • td

    over 2 years ago

    td

    joe was actually quite good looking, I would spend a night there just to look at him a bit more. Good show!

  • northshoal

    over 2 years ago

    northshoal

    Couldn't disagree more. The odd well timed swear word makes the show and is all the funnier when employed sparingly by someone who is clearly extremely articulate and doesn't use it almost as a punctuation mark like certain TV chefs

  • Kitty

    over 2 years ago

    Kitty

    Please ditch the swearing Alex. You have more quality than that and it's like a plastic clothes hanger in a 5 star hotel....... cheap, tacky and out of place.

  • simon

    over 2 years ago

    simon

    Ditch the yellow hard-hat Alex.

  • Gstar

    over 2 years ago

    Gstar

    The adverts are boring!!!!!!

  • Vera Saunders

    over 2 years ago

    Vera Saunders

    Now I've posted this comment, I have lost the place in the programme, and have to sit through the 1st half again, with all the stupid adverts. Why can't I shove the thing along like most iplayers.

  • Vera Saunders

    over 2 years ago

    Vera Saunders

    Wish the silly adverts would not be left in the programme when we are catching up on 4OD. Very annoying

  • Ray

    over 2 years ago

    Ray

    'shame the 'Red Room' has gone...

  • Trish

    over 2 years ago

    Trish

    The guy's a player he could'nt run a bath .

  • maxxii

    over 2 years ago

    maxxii

    This guy Joe fancies himself as some kind of playboy, ha wot a joke he looks more like a burnt out clubber!

  • Freda Smart

    over 2 years ago

    Freda Smart

    Thank you for listening 5 team.. I enjoyed watching the hotel inspector tonight

  • Squart

    over 2 years ago

    Squart

    Why is Alex taking o long to get her bare legs out ?

  • Wolfshead

    over 2 years ago

    Wolfshead

    Oh dear! Can you say "over compensate"? This ageing would-be Lothario is one huge embarrassment. I could hardly bear to look at the screen when he was on. Does he not know that there are actually women in business these days? (And in fact they've been there for some considerable time) If I were shown to that Shoes and Champagne room I'd be highly offended. I'm a business owner and travel on business and for personal trips on a regular basis. This place is tacky, tacky, tacky! Oh, and then he wants to charge extra for breakfast? What a joke! Perhaps he needs to cut the apron strings and travel a bit himself?

  • Adam

    over 2 years ago

    Adam

    Hello there, Unfortunately, the website did display a misleading message for a time. The reason for this is that the hosting company suspended the site due to a huge spike in traffic. Apologies for any inconvenience. The website has been reinstated. http://www.whodathoughtit.com/ The Who'd a Thought It is most definitely still in business.

  • Dover Bill

    over 2 years ago

    Dover Bill

    It's still open, I go past every day.

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  • LMurray

    over 2 years ago

    LMurray

    You cannot book rooms online through Expedia. Just says they are unavailable. Also can confirm their web site has been suspended. I guess this is one that didnt make it. What a fool Joe was.

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  • claire

    over 2 years ago

    claire

    shame web site does not match what hotel inspector has just revamped! log on to the hotel you will see old rooms advertised

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  • Raye

    over 2 years ago

    Raye

    Interesting that this particular location's website account is listed as 'suspended'...wonder what has happened to the business.

  • Dover Bill

    over 2 years ago

    Dover Bill

    God people from Grafty are so impatient!

  • Hayden

    over 2 years ago

    Hayden

    we are on Monday now,why is it taking so long just to put a video up!!!!

  • Fred

    over 2 years ago

    Fred

    It might be because this episode is not on until tv until tonight lol. How long do they normally take to put them up after that?

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  • Andrew

    over 2 years ago

    Andrew

    WHY ARE YOU TAKING SO LONG TO GET IT UP THERE!!!

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