Le Weekend is an annual event held in the lovely historic town of Sandwich. usually around about the first weekend in June. It’s quite amazing – the sleepy town of Sandwich wakes up and is full of people. The shops and cafes spill out onto the street, it’s all very continental, especially when the weather is as good as it was on our visit.
The highlight of Le Weekend for me is the French market, which is the real deal, full of French produce sold by French people. I bumped into some Ramsgate friends who were also visiting the Market. They have a house in France and are very familiar with French Markets, they were suitably impressed commenting that it was actually a lot better than many Markets in France. Praise indeed!
I could not resist the wonderful aroma and bought the most succulent and tasty garlic prawns I have ever had from one of the vendors.
The Cafes in town were pretty full, but I managed to get a seat in the wonderful NoName Deli (which is not just there for Le Weekend). I ordered some of their excellent coffee and a piece of Normandy Tart and did a bit of people watching.
Other activities that occur over Le Weekend include Live Music and a Medieval Fayre.
It was a lovely day out and so nice to hear all the French accents, like being on holiday for the day. I must remember not to miss “Le Weekend” next year, although I do think they have missed a trick not calling the event “La Baguette” 🙂
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:-