10 Margate restaurants you need to try
PUBLISHED: 10:27 17 September 2019 | UPDATED: 15:47 16 September 2020
From Creole-inspired seafood to rustic Italian dishes, Margate is rapidly becoming one of Kent’s top places to eat. We’ve gathered 10 of the best places to eat in the town
16-18 King St
With art from local artists proudly splashed across the walls and exciting events put on throughout the year, this seafood spot is also proud to source and serve great food. Wine is carefully selected to complement the dishes - the latest of which can be found on social media.
Its plates of oysters dressed with Asian toppings, dressed crab and smoked fish have earned Hantverk & Found high accolades in the press and with its customers who have called it a "total treasure", "delightful" and "exceptional".
21 The Parade and 24 High Street
Sister restaurants Angela's and Dory's have a shared ethos of sustainability: both restaurants' ingredients and work practices are streamlined to avoid extraneous waste. British producers are also championed with local vineyards heavily represented in the wine list and an aim for the list to be mainly English.
Check the website for sample menus which include tempting plates of smoked prawns with aioli, crab on toast or cod, clams and parsley.
19 Cliff Terrace
Simple and comforting dishes come in big portions at Roost, which started life as a chicken restaurant. Although it has evolved to include hot dogs, burgers, tacos and more, you can still order a quarter, half or whole chicken with your choice of spice rub.
With a nod to the restaurant's seaside location, the soft shell crab burger comes tempura battered with a spicy sauce and sounds delicious to us. There are lots of sides to complement your food including house chilli, pulled BBQ beef, halloumi, sweet potato fries and more.
44 High St
Fish is as fresh as it comes at Buoy and Oyster, who samples its seafood straight from the Kent coast. This means that most of the fish has been caught and prepared on the very same day. Watch your food being prepared in the theatre kitchen while sat inside or enjoy beach views on the terrace.
Although the menus change seasonally, you can expect dishes such as the crab scotch egg for starters and a tempting hot-smoked salmon tagliatelle for main.
14a Marine Dr
Thin, crispy bases made from homemade dough are the foundation of the loaded pizzas served at Great British Pizza Company. Make sure to get yours with a local beer or bottle of wine.
Small, independent producers supply toppings for the pizzas at GB Pizza Co., so they change often but you might find blue cheese and pear on a ricotta base or a British chorizo and chilli topped pizza. Sides and nibbles include flatbread with hummus, garlic bread and garlic butter dough balls. Check online for latest menus.
Margate Harbour Arm
With ingredients sourced from great local suppliers (cheese from Ashmore Farm, meat and eggs from Quex Farm and ice cream from Simply Ice Cream), BeBeached is the restaurant/café to enjoy food from brunch to late lunch (and dinner on Saturdays) with harbour-side views.
Enjoy pancakes or baked eggs for brunch, a slow roasted beef brisket with onions and potatoes for lunch and maybe some Kentish cider or a cocktail to sip as well.
2-4 Broad St
Lunch is served Thursday to Sunday and dinner from 6pm to 9pm on Fridays at Bottega Caruso, the small Italian restaurant and shop. Locally sourced ingredients go into traditional Italian dishes with wine to complement the menu sourced from southern Italy.
Pasta is made fresh every morning with imported Italian flour and used for dishes such as sausage, asparagus and broad bean lasagne. Finish off with a cheese plate or traditional tiramisu. Reserve a spot for the shop's monthly supper club, which sees family recipes and guest chef spots for an evening of simple, seasonal and rustic dishes. Booking is advised for all dining as the restaurant is small.
10 Fort Hill
Traditional regional Indian cuisine is fused with British, French and South East Asian flavours at The Ambrette. This isn't a standard curry house by any means, attested to by food critics, visitors and locals.
English and Indian food come together for an exotic Sunday roast with appetisers such as spiced pork skin with mango and ginger, saddle of lamb with unlimited potatoes, seasonal veg, gravy and Yorkshire for the main event and rose and vanilla crème brulee to finish.
Royal Crescent Promenade
Creole cuisine is a blend of many influences including French, Spanish, West African, Haitian, German and Italian that originated in Louisiana, USA. Po' Boy brings those flavours to the Royal Crescent Promenade in Margate.
Think clam chowder, prawn subs, Creole fish and chips, gumbo, fresh seafood and juicy prawns all enjoyed by the sunny seaside.
6 Market Place
Modern European meets Caribbean at Mullins Brasserie, the cosily decorated restaurant described by one satisfied customer as having an "amazing twist on great food". Look out for events including Caribbean Night with a five-course menu or choose the set dinner menu, all at very reasonably prices.
Try Cajun-spiced sardines to start, jerk chicken breast with sauté potatoes and glazed goats cheese or a West Indian curried goat for main and sides including fried plantain or rice and peas for the full Caribbean experience.