Eating and Drinking Guide (Deal)

Updated July 2021

Deal is a coastal town with quaint streets and houses.

The Deal Eating & Drinking Map shows the locations of some of the Restaurants, Cafes and Bars in Deal including the ones described below.

The Black Douglas – A friendly and relaxing spot on the sea front. This coffee house serves excellent Coffee and interesting Sandwiches, Savoury dishes and Cakes.

Pop up Cafe – A pleasant place to stop when visiting Deals High Street, the staff are friendly and helpful. The baked goods are made on the premises. The Pop up Cafe is much larger than it looks from the outside, the largest seating area is upstairs and there is a small seating area outside, although the view of Poundland is not as appetising as the cakes.

 

Deal Saturday Market

Well worth a browse, look out for the Cheese & Wine stalls.

 

For information on places to Eat and Drink in nearby towns and villages, see the East Kent/Thanet Guide.

 

 

 

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No Expert Guide to East Kent/Isle of Thanet

If you fancy a trip to the Seaside or have recently moved to this beautiful part of the UK, here is some guidance to help you eat, drink and shop in East Kent/Isle of Thanet. The information provided is based on local knowledge and should help you shop locally and avoid tourist traps.

This Eating & Drinking Guide focuses on the seaside towns of RamsgateBroadstairsMargateDeal, Sandwich and the village of Minster.

FOOD AND DRINK

 

SHOPPING

The Shopping Guide focuses on Ramsgate, BroadstairsMargateDeal, Sandwich, Birchington and Westgate on Sea.

A selection of different types of independent shops are highlighted in the following sections of the guide, other useful information covers local supermarkets, and where relevant Retro and Gallery shops :-

Additional Shopping Guides :-

 

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ACCOMODATION

The Accommodation part of the Guide covers all types of Accommodation for visitors to Ramsgate, including Hotels, Guest Houses, Self Catering Apartments Self Catering Houses/Cottages and Touring Parks.

 

 

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Eating and Drinking Guide (Sandwich)

Updated June 2023

Sandwich is a historic town on the River Stour, home to nature reserves and two world class golf courses.

The Sandwich Eating & Drinking Map shows the locations of some of the Restaurants, Cafes and Bars in Sandwich including the ones described below.

No Name French Delicatessen and Bistro – consists of an excellent deli on the ground floor and Le Bistro on the first floor. Le Bistro has a fairly extensive menu covering traditional french dishes like Tartiflette. It also offers a typical french breakfast, is licensed and has excellent house wine. It is open during day time only, it does not serve evening meals. In the warmer weather they provide outside seating on the pavement opposite.

Goats That Dance – A cosy and stylish cafe, that’s incredible value for money. Still can’t believe I had Coffee and Cake for £3.  Love the decor. Some outside seating too when the weather is good.

The Pit Stop – Excellent venue for breakfast/brunch. Lots of outside seating.

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For information on places to Eat and Drink in nearby towns and villages, see the East Kent/Thanet Guide.

 

 

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Eating and Drinking Guide (Margate)

Margate is a historic seaside town which is slowly re inventing itself as a trendy destination helped very much by the Turner Contemporary Art Gallery located on the Harbour Arm.

The Margate Eating & Drinking Map shows the locations of some of the Restaurants, Cafes and Bars in Margate including the ones described below.

The Bus Cafe – This is basically a Kitchen with upstairs seating squeezed into a vintage double decker bus. There is also outside seating available. It’s a local gem for Foodies, we loved their breakfast hashes.

Top quality Street Food. Friendly staff – (see Map for location)

The Lifeboat – Highly recommended for their Pies and Cider.

GB Pizza – An absolutely gem, serves the best Pizza in Kent and then some 😉

Buoy and Oyster – An excellent Fish & Seafood restaurant. When weather permits the balcony is a perfect spot with a panoramic view of the beach and harbour.

There are also several other cafes/restaurants I have not been to yet but which I have heard good things about :-

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Eating and Drinking Guide (Broadstairs)

Broadstairs is a historic seaside town with beautiful sandy beaches. It is often described as the “Jewel in Thanet’s crown”.

The Broadstairs Eating & Drinking Map shows the locations of some of the Restaurants, Cafes and Bars in Broadstairs including the ones described below.

STARK – A Michelin starred restaurant. The focus is entirely on a well thought out, well structured tasting menu with excellent ingredients and matching wines. The menu changes on a regular basis to showcase the talents of Chef Ben Crittenden. It is only open Wednesday to Saturday Evenings. Booking is essential, typically 3 months in advance.

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Wyatt and Jones – An excellent restaurant with one of the best views in Broadstairs. The Menu consists of appetisers and small plates.

See https://tinyurl.com/NoExpertReview-WyattJones.

 

The Chapel – A Bar in a Bookshop that serves really good Pies and Cider (same menu as The Lifeboat in Margate).

The Restaurant at East Kent College – Look out for special events. Now located in The Yarrow Hotel.

Bessies Tea Parlour – A vintage Tea Room, that sells lots of different teas and  home baked cakes. Ideal for Afternoon Tea, which is beautifully presented on vintage china cake stands. Open from 10:00 to 18:00 every day of the week.

 

For information on places to Eat and Drink in nearby towns and villages, see the East Kent/Thanet Guide.

 

 

 

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Eating and Drinking Guide (Ramsgate)

Updated May 2024

RAMSGATE

Ramsgate is a picturesque historic seaside town with beautiful sandy beaches and one of the largest marinas on the English south coast. It has the only Harbour in the United Kingdom that has been awarded the right to call itself a Royal Harbour. It also boasts some quite stunning Architecture.

The Ramsgate Eating & Drinking Map shows the locations of some of the Restaurants, Cafes and Bars in Ramsgate including the ones described below

Flavours by Kumar

A modern India Restaurant in Effingham Street that produces some beautifully spiced dishes. Good set lunch deals that even include an amuse-bouche. OK wine list and friendly staff. Ignore the decor, this is a great find. Owned by the former head chef of the acclaimed Ambrette.  Take away service available.

Ramsgate Tandoori

A Traditional Tandoori restaurant and take away on Harbour Street. Excellent service.

The Dining Rooms at Albion House

Located in the beautiful Albion House Hotel. The Dining Rooms are a good option for an upmarket Brunch, Afternoon Tea or Dinner. The Hotel also has a comfortable lounge area that is ideal for relaxing with drinks.

The Italianate Glasshouse – Tea Garden (Seasonal opening)

Hidden away in a corner of King George VI Park, you will find the stunning Italianate Glasshouse, the owners operate a small cafe serving Cream Teas, Cakes and Scones at the weekends. The opening times are weather dependant, typically open on weekends and bank holidays from May to September/October. A very picturesque spot.

The Hive

A friendly local reasonably priced Cafe. It’s a little out of the way in George Street but worth a visit as the Cafe is a pleasant quiet spot for a quality brunch or lunch.  There is extra seating in the basement and lots of outside seating. It’s a popular Afternoon Tea venue especially at the weekend.

The Falstaff

A small boutique Hotel. The Falstaff Restaurant is open on Saturday Evenings for Dinner and on Sundays for Lunch (extra days for Christmas Menu). It is advisable to book.

There is a Bar and a Deli where you can Eat in or Take Away. It’s open Wednesday to Sunday 8:30am to 4:00pm.

There is also a garden area at the back that is open to non residents. There are occasional music events and BBQ’s are also held during Summer months.

Vincent’s

A lovely little cafe overlooking Spencer Square Tennis Courts with plenty of outside seating. Sells excellent Coffee and homemade Cakes. While your there don’t miss the stunning sculpture of Vincent Van Gogh who used to live & teach in Spencer Square & Royal Road.

Little Ships

A Brasserie/pavement cafe overlooking the Harbour. Little Ships is open 7 days a week and is a great spot for a people watching brunch. It’s more expensive than surrounding places, but the food is well cooked and uses quality ingredients mainly from local suppliers.

Coco Latino

A cafe Bar in a great location overlooking the Marina.  Serves a good range of Cocktails and Beers, and is a regular venue for live music. Opening times vary depending on time of the year.

The Arch Bar

An attractive comfortable and popular bar located under the Arches overlooking the Harbour. Has lots of outside seating. Serves Food including substantial seafood platters that are ideal for sharing.

Ship Shape

A popular Cafe built into the Arches, frequented by harbour workers and tourists. It’s very reasonably priced and serves one of the best full English breakfasts in Ramsgate. It’s much bigger than it looks and if you’re lucky you can grab one of the outside tables and get a good view of the harbour.

Sorbetto

Ramsgate Ice Cream Parlour. The ice cream is made in a small artisan factory below the parlour.  You can order the ice cream to take away or you can choose to sit in the air conditioned parlour or outside overlooking the harbour. They serve generous portions of quality Italian gelato as well as hot and cold drinks, toasties, sandwiches and cakes.

Royal Harbour Brasserie

An interesting place with fabulous views of the Harbour, the Marina, the English Channel and France. Generally delivers some pretty decent fish and seafood dishes and does good Sunday roasts.

Coasters – Pimms & Prosecco Bar

Bar overlooking Ramsgate Main Sands, does a decent Pimms (even if it is in a Plastic glass), have not eaten here yet but menu includes Sandwiches, Salads, Burgers and other snacks. (Open Summer months only).

Royal Victoria Pavilion

The largest Wetherspoon pub in the UK. The food and drinks range is pretty much what you would expect to find in a Wetherspoon. The building and the views are what makes this place special and worth a visit, especially on a sunny day.

The Belle Vue Tavern

A popular pub with a large and very attractive beer garden in Pegwell Bay. The sea views from the garden are stunning. It is also known as “The balcony of Kent”. A Shepherd Neame Pub.

Sir Stanley Gray at the Pegwell Bay Hotel

A Restaurant and Bar with a beautiful balcony and view over Pegwell Bay. Part of the Thorley Tavern Group.  There is also a large colourful Children’s play area below the main balcony with an outdoor bar that is open in the Summer months.

Njord

A Cafe Bar with lots of Scandi style, an excellent spot for breakfast/brunch overlooking Pegwell Bay.

Good drinks menu and a nice selection of cakes from the Beardy Baker in Canterbury.

 

REAL ALE TRAIL

Ramsgate has a diverse selection of Real Ale Pubs and its own Brewery. The Map below provides a trail from Ramsgate Train Station to Dumpton Park Train Station 

FISH & CHIP SHOPS

As expected in a seaside town, there are more than a few Fish & Chip shops too.

AFTERNOON TEA & CAKE STOPS 

There is also a good selection of places to indulge your sweet tooth.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

To learn more about Ramsgate check out the Visit Ramsgate web site.

 

For information on places to Eat and Drink in nearby towns and villages, see the East Kent/Thanet Guide.

 

 

 

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