Over the recent bank holiday weekend, B and I decided to make good on a promise and visit two of our friends who moved down to Margate earlier this year – what with it being such good whether, theres nothing better than being on the coast. We travelled down on the Friday straight from work, and reached the seaside for around 8pm. We’d been down to visit once before to help rip out the kitchen a couple of months back, and it was so great to see what they had achieved with the house and to hear all their future plans etc – I can’t wait to own a house!!!! Anyway, we spent the evening down on the waterfront enjoying Kent’s finest fish and chips and watching the sun go down!
We woke early on the Saturday, eager to make the most of the cracking east coast weather; and after a spot of breakie we took Captain (the whippet) out for a stroll along the beach. I know I’ve said this before, but you really can’t beat a breezy walk along the seafront to wake you up in the morning. We started at the Lido, up past the Walpole Hotel and then stopped off at Cliffs for a cup of tea and a jam doughnut. From what I could tell they don’t seem to have been open long, but its an amazing space – coffee bar downstairs and record store-cum-barbers-cum-chill area upstairs, filled with beautiful mid-century furniture – definitely worth checking out if your in the area.
It’s an interesting place Margate, and changing rapidly; the old town is packed with vintage furniture and boutique design shops, the waterfront’s filled with great restaurants and bars squeezed in beside your usual seaside souvenir (tat) shops – and its still not spoilt by over gentrification. After a whip round the shops – our favourite two being ETC and Haeckels (post to follow) – we picked up our friend Daniel from the station and then sat on the roof of Cheesy Tiger (on the end of the harbour arm) and chomped down on the most amazing cheese toasty; doorstop bread, cheddar, raclette and jalapenos – so good!
That afternoon we went to Dreamland – kind of like a shore bound pier – unfortunately for us the cash machines were out of action, so we missed out on going on any of the rides – I’d been looking forward to the going on the Helter Skelter all day!! And so decided to head back to Cheesy Tiger for a couple of pints overlooking the North Sea (kind of bizarre; but for me the whole weekend it felt strange looking out to see and the sun setting to your left, I guess I’m just always used to facing south when looking out to see – just felt a bit odd), and then arrived at GB-Pizza just in time for last orders – another great place for food, great pizza at really reasonable prices.
We weren’t due to return to London until first thing Monday morning, and so decided to spend Sunday in Whitstable. It’s another small seaside town and only a short drive from Margate, but the two couldn’t be more different. Where Margate is definitely a summer holiday seaside town complete with promenade and beach; Whitstable feels like a true fishing down – so different but equally as nice. We pretty much spent the day walking through the town, along the waterfront and round the harbour, of course making sure we treated ourselves to some oysters and chips from Forge, a small little restaurant just along from the harbour. All in all we had such a great weekend, and felt slightly glum heading back to Peckham – if your London based and looking for a day or two out of the capital, visiting the North coast of Kent is definitely a good idea!
Thanks for reading, A