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Le Weekend in Sandwich aka La Baguette :)

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Le Weekend is an annual event held in the lovely historic town of Sandwich. This year it is running over the weekend of 6th and 7th 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, a Brocante in St Peters church and La Balade de Sandwich which is a classic car meet – the cars are driven round town and parked up on Quay Green so you can see them up close.

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” :)

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Where to Eat and Drink – Sandwich & Deal, Kent

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Updated May 2017


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



Chequers Kitchen Restaurant – A Foodie Oasis on the Ancient Highway between Sandwich and Deal.

UPDATE Sept 2015 – Focus now on Cooking School and only doing food now for special events. Bar is still open, so it’s a nice place to stop for a drink or some ice cream.



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

Poppys Kitchen Cafe – On Deal High Street, took over from The Allotment and  seems to be keeping up the good work. They have also made better use of the outside space.

UPDATE May 2017 : Now under new management.

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