A few weekends ago – Easter weekend actually – the three of us visited Margate and Ramsgate for the first time and fell in love with it’s vintage seaside allure. Amongst the exodus of Londoners moving to the rapidly gentrifying ‘Kent Riviera’ as it’s fast becoming known – many of our friends have moved down from London – bought huge houses by the seaside and are living the dream. Tempting… I mean look at this gorgeous house that we stayed in…
Our first night we ate an early dinner overlooking the beach at a sweet place called Roost – the only spot that they had was by the window and it was the most charming start to the weekend. We had binoculars to look out to sea and were served ribs, roast chicken and burgers washed down with ‘lashings’ of Prosecco (Enid Blyton style – the lashings not Prosecco).
A wander along Cliff Terrace the next morning took us past some nice interiors shops and magical Apothecary style skincare brand Haeckles that is always in the magazines. A brisk walk along the beach towards Margate town revealed the gorgeous Turner Contemporary which presided over the town. The museum is small and sweet with a great cafe and a killer view over the sea.
Margate town square was a bustling and lively space crammed with great looking period shop fronts, trendy bakeries, restaurants and homeware stores. Textile designer Maxine Sutton‘s gorgeous mid-century inspired shop was a favourite packed full of graphic hand printed cushions, lampshades and ceramics as well as Etcetera a super cool Scandi style lifestyle store. We ate pulled pork burgers in the sun at The Greedy Cow and walked round the corner to do what you come to the seaside to do and that is gorge ourselves on old fashioned sweets at Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe.
After a whistle-stop tour of Margate for two nights we spent our last day in visiting a family who used to live in our town in Wanstead but now live in a gorgeous double fronted might-as -well-be Victorian mansion in Ramsgate.
Ramsgate had a completely different Jane Austen-ey vibe which I just loved of course. We had lunch at our friends then walked down to the seafront past Regency terraces, cottages and impressive clifftop arts and crafts villas. The harbour truly felt Riviera-like with lots going on by The Arches where my friend’s husband rents a desk – how dreamy to look up from your computer and see the mist rising from the sea? The Arches were full of antique stores I could have lost myself in for hours and bustling harbour activity. We ended our day with tea in a must visit cafe-gallery-shop called Archive and a frolic on the windy beach.
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
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