Sample top seafood and fine views at Margate's best restaurants and hotels
The sea can be wild at this time of year but the view of it from indoors is decidedly cosy.
Watch the waves from the snug comfort of Angela’s, a 24-cover restaurant in Margate which was awarded the new Michelin Green Star for Gastronomy and sustainability in 2021.
It hardly needs saying that seafood is the theme and greatest strength. Perhaps start with mussels with cider and garlic, pick a main course such as mullet and clams and save space for a dessert of flourless chocolate cake and bisque, all exquisitely presented by head chef and co-owner Rob Cooper.
‘A seafood restaurant by the sea feels like the right place to be,’ says co-owner Lee Coad, who along with his partner Charlotte Forsdike founded the restaurant. ‘We work with local organic farms, prepare local oysters, lobsters, crab and herring from the adjacent waters and fish from Hastings.’ If Angela’s is busy the trio’s sister restaurant Dory’s is just around the corner and places an equal emphasis on what is fresh from the boats that morning. ‘The food scene in Margate is very good, as fine as any in the country,’ says Lee.
Nearby the Sands Hotel offers luxurious cashmere and cotton fixtures and fittings (pillows are filled with jasmine silk) and fine views across the bay. The hotel bar has a veranda that faces west and overlooks the water, the perfect place for an indulgence only possible in winter – that late afternoon sundowner.