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) :-
A welcoming pub that focuses on craft beers and ciders.
and the Summer popup Ravensgate Arms by the Sea (at the Boating Pool).
A seriously good Japanese Restaurant. The best Sushi and Sashimi in Thanet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Pizzeria and rosticceria. This is a lovely restaurant located in a landmark building overlooking the Harbour. It serves delicious Sourdough Pizza.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
REAL ALE TRAIL
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.
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.