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It was the day after the saddening news of Chas and Dave’s demise that I ambled down to the Harbour Café. I marveled at the Turner Centre or more precisely the fact that some work had been done. Paid a man lurking with a dog 3 quid to park and then swiftly made my way across the harbour for a well-deserved lunch. It was just a tad too cold to sit outside so we opted for perches inside the perfectly decorated café. Higgledy-piggledy tables are watched over by fairy lights that adorn exposed brickwork. It feels homely and cool at the same time. No mean feat. There’s a good daily menu that includes the perfectly seasoned Harbour burger with home made chips (£8.20 TBC), a great BLT (£4.60) and a good range of properly packed paninis that include chorizo, honey roast ham and mozzarella, tomato & basil (£4.80 or £5.80 with fries). They also have a vast specials menu that, on our visit, contained lamb kebabs, moules et frites and wild salmon fishcakes to name a few. All were less than a tenner. They really are only too happy to attend to your every wish.  A pleasant change. They may have forgotten the small plate of scrambled eggs for my daughter but one can forgive this when everything else is so right. Coke in glass bottles. Quality mayo. Smiling faces. What’s not to like? I was lucky enough to have enjoyed Chas and Dave play the Winter Gardens on numerous occasions so I’m rather pleased to have another great reason to go Down to Margit!….
Royal York Mansions, 10 The Parade, Margate, CT9 1EZ, 01843 290110

It was the day after the saddening news of Chas and Dave’s demise that I ambled down to the Harbour Café. I marveled at the Turner Centre or more precisely the fact that some work had been done. Paid a man lurking with a dog 3 quid to park and then swiftly made my way across the harbour for a well-deserved lunch. It was just a tad too cold to sit outside so we opted for perches inside the perfectly decorated café. Higgledy-piggledy tables are watched over by fairy lights that adorn exposed brickwork. It feels homely and cool at the same time. No mean feat. There’s a good daily menu that includes the perfectly seasoned Harbour burger with home made chips (£8.20), a great BLT (£4.60) and a good range of properly packed paninis that include chorizo, honey roast ham and mozzarella, tomato & basil (£4.80 or £5.80 with fries). They also have a vast specials menu that, on our visit, contained lamb kebabs, moules et frites and wild salmon fishcakes to name a few. All were less than a tenner. They really are only too happy to attend to your every wish.  A pleasant change. They may have forgotten the small plate of scrambled eggs for my daughter but one can forgive this when everything else is so right. Coke in glass bottles. Quality mayo. Smiling faces. What’s not to like? I was lucky enough to have enjoyed Chas and Dave play the Winter Gardens on numerous occasions so I’m rather pleased to have another great reason to go Down to Margit!….

Royal York Mansions, 10 The Parade, Margate, Kent, CT9 1EZ, 01843 290110.

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Oscar Road

I hate to talk about weather as it’s just sooo English but sometimes nothing else quite does the job. What happened to summer? Why is the sun still out with only 75 eating days till Christmas? Where’s the misery we love so much? Well?? I only ask as I’ve just had two weeks off and have counted this as my summer break despite the fact that it was October. Another great English tradition is that of remembering holidays over-fondly. Rose tinted fortnights; we’ve all had them. I’m sure this condition develops over time so I’m committing to paper now so no future accusations can be packed off in my direction. I walked into Oscar Road Cafe on day 5 of my  leave and thereafter the subsequent days have gone from my memory. It was an amazingly sunny afternoon when I first placed my flip-flopped foot in their tiny, almost secret, garden.  6 tables, 15 chairs and 1 big smiley sun. I could have been anywhere in the world but I was lucky enough to be in Broadstairs. I’d admired various cakes and sweet treats en route outside but I was here for one thing and nothing was going to distract me from my goal. The Oscar Road lobster roll is a thing of legend. It is also, I found out, a thing of great beauty. I’d intended to take a photo for this review but once it was put in front of me I could think of nothing else but eating it. It came with a handful of top quality crisps and a small salad bathing in just the right amount of dressing. The roll itself spilled quality lobster meat from every possible point. It tasted perfect. An exquisite texture coupled with an immense flavour. You’ll get little change from a tenner, but with the exchange rate so bad why not join me next year for a fortnight in the garden at Oscar Road. We can talk about the weather.

15 Oscar Road, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 1QJ, 01843 872442.

I just couldn't wait

I just couldn’t wait

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