Where to Eat and Drink – Ramsgate and Minster, Kent

Updated October 2017 RAMSGATE

Ramsgate is a 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 :-

Kyoto Sushi and Grill - A seriously good Japanese Restaurant.

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 Hive – a little out of the way in George Street but a great find for a quality brunch or lunch. They also serve a nice selection of cakes and brownies.

26 Harbour Street – a cafe bar that does an excellent brunch. The bar area is at the front and there is a cosier seating area at the back.

Vinylhead – A stylish Cafe, Bar and Record Shop. They are licensed and occasionally have live music and Open Mic on weekends. They serve good coffee and really excellent homemade cakes. For more substantial food check out the kitchen menu. They also have a lovely sheltered courtyard.

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 - A beautifully decorated 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.

Coco Latino – a great place to people watch with a perfect view of the marina and lots of outside seating. They do a small selection of Tapas dishes and other snacks. They also serve beers, cocktails, wines, spirits and the best hot chocolate in the area. (Winter opening Friday evening and Saturday 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 Baran 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 in the Arches is a popular place. 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.

Miles Cafe Culture – a popular bar with a good view of the Marina open all day/every day.

SorbettoThe 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.

The Belgian Cafe  bar – a drinking venue in a great location for those who appreciate Belgian Beer.

The Bench Wine and Tapas Bar – An excellent Wine and Tapas bar, uses Self Service Wine Dispensers. Open 7 days a week and till 2:00 a.m. Fridays and Saturday.

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. Best Lobster around (if it’s on the Menu). Weak wine list.

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”.

The Ravensgate Arms – a cool pub that focuses on craft beers and ciders, haven’t eaten here yet, but I have heard good things about it.

The Garden Cafe – a friendly outdoor cafe located in a beautiful garden with stunning views of the harbour on the West Cliff.  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.

Ramsgate also has the largest Wetherspoon pub in the UK. It is called the Royal Victoria Pavilion. The food and drinks range is pretty much what you would expect to find in a Wetherspoon. The building and the view are what that makes this place special.


Minster is a small village just west of Ramsgate.  The Corner House 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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3 Responses to “Where to Eat and Drink – Ramsgate and Minster, Kent”

  1. Mr & Mrs K A WEBSTER says:

    The Customs House & Alexandra’s all serve excellent food- both on Ramsgate seafront, near the harbour; can eat indoors or out and both have unique/beautiful architecture.

  2. Rosie Hawkes says:

    The Bench serves an amazing Sunday Roast with a difference complimented by the many excellent wines. An absolute must!

  3. Kevin Nasher says:

    One to mention is the Comfort Inn (san clu) they do dine and dance every other Friday, good traditional food (I had the beef suet pudding), generous portions and friendly staff. Prices were good too, also the garden centre, although they can be quite expensive for a lunch the meals are ok up there

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