Where to Eat and Drink – Sandwich & Deal

Updated May 2017


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

The Map below shows the locations of the recommended Restaurants, Cafes and Bars described below :-

The Beach Hut Cafe – A friendly Cafe. Good for Breakfast.

The Salutation Tea Room – A lovely venue for Coffee and Cakes and more formal Afternoon Tea.

There is also a restaurant in The Salutation, which I have not tried yet. It serves Lunch and Dinner.

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.

Scrumalicious Cake Company – A welcoming cafe and cake shop that specialises in home baked goods. They also make cakes for special occasions.

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.


Deal is a nearby coastal town with quaint streets and houses.

The Map below shows the locations of the recommended Restaurants, Cafes and Bars 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.

For information on places to Eat and Drink in nearby towns and villages, see:-

For other activities in the area, see:-


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Where to Eat and Drink – 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 Map below shows the locations of the recommended Restaurants, Cafes and Bars described below :-

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

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

BeBeached –  Easy to find out on the harbour arm (it’s the place with the vibrant pink umbrellas outside). Highly recommend for brunch – the Eggs Benedict is pricey but delicious and the Eggy Bread with Cinnamon (aka Cinnamon French Toast) is a real treat. The lunch menu looks very good too. We especially liked the section that was a homage to My Old Dutch crepes.

The Cupcake Cafe – A lovely Cafe in Margate Old Town, it is very popular and has lots of outside seating. The menu includes several breakfast options as well as Soups and Sandwiches. It also has a nice selection of  Cupcakes and regular sized Cakes.

UPDATE 2017 – Under new Management.

The Greedy Cow – A casual and attractive venue in the old town, with upstairs seating as well as benches outside for al fresco dining.

The Lifeboat – Great Pies and Cider

The Ambrette – First class modern Indian Food.

GB Pizza – The best Pizza in Kent and then some 😉

Melt (Sands Hotel) – A very civilized stop for some decent Ice Cream. The English Trifle Ice Cream was especially good.

Places under new management that will need a re-visit before inclusion include:-

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

For information on places to Eat and Drink in nearby towns and villages, see:-


For other activities in the area, see:-


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Where to Eat and Drink – Broadstairs

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

The Map below shows the locations of the recommended Restaurants, Cafes and Bars described below :-

STARK – A tiny 12 cover restaurant. The focus is entirely on a well thought out, well structured six course tasting menu with excellent ingredients and matching wines. The menu changes on a regular basis to showcase the talents of Chef Ben Chittenden. It is only open Wednesday to Saturday Evenings. Booking is essential, usually well in advance.

Wyatt and Jones – An excellent restaurant with one of the best views in Broadstairs. They make their own bread, smoke their own fish and butcher their own meat.

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 in The Yarrow Hotel.

Bleak House – Eccentric in a good way, does  Afternoon Tea (which ideally you need to book for), beautiful garden. Good spot for a Pimms.

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:-

For other activities in the area, see:-


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Where to Eat and Drink – Ramsgate & Minster

Updated March 2019


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 Map below shows the locations of the recommended Restaurants, Cafes and Bars described below :-


An excellent Small Plates restaurant, which due to its location (upstairs at The Ravensgate Arms) has a really good drinks list.  Open Wednesday – Saturday evenings and for lunch at the weekend. Best to book.

The Ravensgate Arms

A cool pub that focuses on craft beers and ciders.

Kyoto Sushi and Grill

A seriously good Japanese Restaurant. The best Sushi and Sashimi in Thanet.

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 in Margate.

Townleys at Albion House

A good option for an upmarket brunch or Afternoon Tea. The Townleys seasonal menu can be served in the snug, the restaurant and the stylish bar.

For more on the the Albion House Boutique Hotel see earlier post titled Weekend at The Albion House Hotel.

The Italianate Glasshouse – Tea Garden

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 little out of the way in George Street. This is a pleasant quiet spot for a quality brunch or lunch. They also serve a nice selection of cup cakes baked on the premises.

Eats ‘n’ Beats formally Vinylhead

A stylish Cafe Bar that is now under new management. They are licensed and plan to have live music events.  They also have a lovely sheltered courtyard with a stunning mirror mosaic.

The Falstaff

A boutique hotel in Addington Street with a restaurant, a casual dining area called the Addington Street Kitchen and a bar. They also have a garden area at the back that is open to non residents.

Queen Charlotte

A quirky pub in Addington Street that is famous for its live music performances.

The Empire Room at the Royal Harbour Hotel

An inviting restaurant which captures the essence of an archetypal gentlemens club in the glory days of the British Empire. Excellent Set Lunch and Set Dinner menus. They also do Afternoon Teas.

They also now have a sister restaurant called Little Ships over looking Ramsgate Royal Harbour.

Coco Latino

Lovely location overlooking the Marina.  Serves excellent Cocktails, has a good range of Beers and is a regular venue for live music, open Friday and Saturday evenings only.

Archive Homestore & Kitchen

A lovely spot to stop for a light lunch or coffee and cake. There is outside seating and a communal table on the ground floor and more tables and seating upstairs where you have stunning views of the harbour.

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

Built into the Arches, this is a popular place with both 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.


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 and sandwiches.

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.

Garden Terrace Cafe

A friendly outdoor cafe located in a beautiful garden on the West Cliff Arcade, with stunning views of the harbour.  Good for soft drinks, ice cream and basic food (mainly salads). You can also bring your own bottle to drink with your food. Last time I was there they did not even charge corkage. It’s a little gem. Very good service. Open only in the Summer months.

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.

Royal Victoria Pavilion

This is 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 view are what makes this place special and it’s well worth a visit.

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

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


Minster is a small village just west of Ramsgate.

The Corner House

This excellent restaurant is well worth a visit if you’re in the area.

For information on places to Eat and Drink in nearby towns and villages, see:-

For other activities in the area, see:-

and for more about Ramsgate go to the Visit Ramsgate web site.

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Where to Eat and Drink – Westminster & Pimlico

Westminster/Pimlico is not really the part of London you think of visiting for good restaurants.


There a few that are actually worth a visit.

Roux at Parliament Square – Michel Roux Jnr’s first class restaurant, Steve Groves (Master Chef Winner 2009) is head chef.

City Cafe – at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel – Modern European food and a rather nice outside seating area.

Osteria Dell’Angolo – upmarket Italian.

Quirinale –  upmarket Italian.

Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britian – great wine cellar.

The Cinnamon Club, Great Smith Street – famous Indian restaurant.

The Rocks – something of a gem on Vauxhall Bridge Road.

and for information a couple of decent breakfast venues, see post


A Wong – Highly acclaimed modern Chinese restaurant, has a Michelin Star. Booking essential.

Art of Tapas – Tapas bar that’s a bit of find.

Gastronomica – an interesting cafe/deli in the heart of Pimlico.

Goya – A popular and reliable Tapas bar.


NoExpert Food Blog – London, UK

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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 find some of the better places to eat, drink and shop in East Kent/Isle of Thanet. The information provided is based on local knowledge and should help you avoid tourist traps.

The Guide focuses on the seaside towns of RamsgateBroadstairsMargate and Deal.

The Guide also covers the nearby town of Sandwich and the village of Minster.




Some of the more interesting independent shops are highlighted in the following sections of the guide, other useful information covers local supermarkets, and where relevant Retro and Gallery shops :-


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