Food and Drink

Places to Eat in Ramsgate

Ramsgate offers some superb places to eat, from traditional cooked breakfasts through to world-class seafood and modern cuisine


We recommend Sorbetto, Harbour Parade, for real Italian ice-cream.


Vinyl Head in Addington St, is a really cool place for a coffee if you like Vinyl. Browse through a huge archive of records to buy and take home as a memory of your time in Ramsgate, or just sit and listen to a memory to celebrate that anniversary tune. Turn right and right again out of the front door into Addington St. Vinyl Head is at the far end (200 yards).

Archive for a sandwich or coffee, on military road right by the yachts and boats in the Harbour. A few minutes walk from the house down Jacob’s Ladder. Turn right out the house and find the steps down to the Harbour.

Dumpton Gap beach is a yellow sand bay framed by chalk cliffs, with a small (seasonal) cafe, some rather basic toilets and a few beach huts. On a sunny day at low tide it is heaven. Mid way between Broadstairs and Ramsgate, at low tide you can walk from one to the other on golden sand twixt cliffs and rock pools, and from Louisa Bay near Broadstairs to the start of Ramsgate Main Sands the beach is dog friendly all day and all year round. When the tide is in, the walk along the clifftop lawns and through George VI Park is great too. Consequently, Dumpton Gap beach and the cafe with its terrace on the promenade are great for families for whom a day at the beach without their four legged friend is no fun at all. Thanet dog owners seem a very friendly and responsible bunch, the beach and the area when we have been has been very clean, and the tide washes the beach twice a day. It really is great to have a dog friendly beach in a nice location, with amenities and cliff top parking. The only warning is that the path down from the cliff top is very steep. However, there is a flat walk along the promenade from Broadstairs.


Falstaff Hotel, great for breakfast brunch or lunch. No more than 150 yards from the house. Turn right out the front door and right again up Addington St. The Falstaff is 100 yards on the right.

Miles Bar, under the arches on Harbour Parade, is open for breakfast from 8.00 am until late. Cooked breakfast, sandwich or a burger and fries. Sit outside on a sunny day and enjoy the view of the Harbour.

Restaurants and Bars

Magnolia in Westcliff Arcade provides superb Italian food and a wood-fired oven. Family owned restaurant just a few minutes from the house. Turn left out the door and follow the hill down for a hundred yards or so just past the Yacht club.

Bon Appetit in Westcliffe Arcade is excellent for seasonal produce. Just a 100 yards or so from the house next to La Magnolia in Westcliff Arcade

Peter’s Fish Factory on Harbour Parade does some of the best fish and chips around. On Harbour Parade, 5 minute walk down the hill past La Magnolia and Bon Appetit. As Chippies go this is one of the best! Beware it can have long queues in season.

26 Harbour Street, evening venue, cocktails, live music and DJ’s Ben and Tracey, and a wonderful Coffee during quieter parts of the day.

The Royal Harbour Brasserie on the Harbour Arm offers almost 360 degree sea views. A lovely 15 minute stroll along the Harbour wall the restaurant is visible from the house. Look from the living room out across the Harbour and spot the red light (looks like a moored ship on the Harbour wall).

Townleys, in the Albion House Hotel, new addition to Ramsgate a couple of years ago. Lovely relaxed but smart surroundings and prominent location overlooking the Harbour from the opposite side. Varied and quality food. 20 minute walk.

Flavours by Kumar, best curry in Ramsgate, located not more than 5 minutes away. Turn left out the house and down the hill (past the Yacht Club) to Leopold St. Turn left and walk 50 yards up Leopold St until you reach the end as the road bends left. On the right is Effingham St, and Flavours by Kumar is 20 yards down the road.

The Ambrette, another great Indian restaurant listed by Michelin. In Margate a 20 minute drive (6 miles) away, but if you are visiting the Turner Gallery it is just around the corner!

The Emprire Room, Royal Harbour Hotel.
Almost next door at 10 Nelson Crescent this ‘Club like’ restaurant is part of the Royal Harbour Hotel. Very well liked by diners for the excellent food although some comment on the short menu. Rated 4 Stars by the Telegraph.

Kyoto Sushi. Excellent sushi, but can get very busy and some complain about slow service. Walk down the hill, past the Yacht club over the round-about to the corner with the Harbour still on your right. Turn left down The High St, Kyoto is 75 yards on the left hand side. 57 High St.

Wyatt and Jones. Local quality food done very well. Independent family owned restaurant. They bake their own breads, smoke the fish and butcher the meats. Excellent destination in Broadstairs following a decent walk along the beach at low tide. 60 minute walk from the house (3 miles). Dogs welcome.

Further Afield

The Corner House in Minster, great for wonderful Sunday lunch. The Corner House Minster is critically acclaimed and has won the title of Kent Restaurant of the Year. Minster is 10 minutes in a car (5 miles) just outside Ramsgate on the A299

Duke William in Ickham, another super pub with Garden, dogs welcome. Ickham is 20 minute drive but half that if you are golfing in Sandwich!

The Sportsman, Seasalter. Bit of a treck but worth it providing you don’t mind the London prices. About a 30 minute drive away this Michelin Star restaurant serves fabulous food in relaxed informal surroundings.

Tor Spa in Ickham, 20 mins in a car for a spoiling day, while the wife plays golf at Royal St Georges, Sandwich.

For Beer Lovers

Queen Charlotte, Addington Street. Just around the corner (right and right again out the front door), the Queen Charlotte is to be found in Addington Street. A cosy and friendly pub with lots of character (some would say quirky or tatty) and a broad selection of beer. Often there is live music.

The Hovelling Boat Inn, on York Street, serves real ale and traditional cider from the cask. Best described as a Micropub it resembles more a café than a pub. Good ales in a cosy environment near the Harbour.

We also like The Four Candles, Britain's smallest Brewpub. In Broadstairs it is 10 minutes away in a car (3 miles). The pub used to be a hardware store famed for having everything you could ever need, and inspired the sketch by the two Ronnies (Ronnie Corbett had a holiday home nearby)!


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