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 Smokehouse Cafe – A friendly Cafe. Good for Breakfast.

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.


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. 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 – 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.

Buoy and Oyster

Excellent Fish & Seafood restaurant. When weather permits the balcony is a perfect spot with a panoramic view of the beach and harbour.


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 10 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.


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 September 2021


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 (click on the blue information icon for additional Map Information) :-

The Ravensgate Arms

A welcoming pub that focuses on craft beers and ciders.

and the Summer popup Ravensgate Arms by the Sea (at the Boating Pool).

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.

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

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 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. They also serve a nice selection of cup cakes baked on the premises. There is a small garden area behind the cafe.

Eats ‘n’ Beats

A stylish Cafe Bar. They are licensed and have regular live music events.  They also have a lovely sheltered courtyard with a stunning mirror mosaic.

The Falstaff

A small boutique Hotel. The Falstaff Restaurant is open on Saturday Evenings for Dinner and on Sundays for Lunch. It is advisable to book .

There is a Bar and a more informal eatery called The Kitchen & Deli counter. It’s open Wednesday to Sunday 8:30am to 4:00pm Eat in or Take away.

There is also a garden area at the back that is open to non residents.


The Empire Room at the Royal Harbour Hotel

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

The Empire Room has two sister restaurants called Little Ships and Travellers in Italy, both over looking Ramsgate Royal Harbour.

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.

Travellers in Italy

A Pizzeria and rosticceria. This is a lovely restaurant located in a landmark building overlooking the Harbour. It serves delicious Sourdough Pizza.

Coco Latino

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

Archive Homestore & Kitchen

A modern stylish Cafe. It’s a lovely spot to stop for a light lunch or coffee and cake. (Kitchen part closed on Tuesdays & Wednesdays). 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

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.


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.

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 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

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 Childrens play area below the main balcony with an outdoor bar that is open in the Summer months.


Ramsgate also 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 (click on the blue information icon for additional Map Information).


Minster is a small village just west of Ramsgate.

The Corner House

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

To learn more about Ramsgate check out 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.


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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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