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Seaside Cake Parlour

Now, it doesn’t take long for news of a new food establishment in town to reach me and it was a joy to discover that the latest opening was cake-related! 


Located on Hawley Street on the edge of the Old Town, Seaside Cake Parlour has a bright and welcoming appearance with wooden tables and chairs, gold frames, unusual objects and filled bookshelves. It's immediately distinguishable and contributes to the vintage feel and sense of intrigue that Margate brings in plentiful amounts.

The menu has great variety with its range of fresh produce; from bagels to waffles, scones to crepes, there’s a choice for everyone. I was particularly interested by the fact that everything is vegan. Having pretty much only consumed vegan food at a few Glastonbury festivals, it’s safe to say I haven’t had a lot of it. However, I have eaten a fair amount of cake in my time, so I was keen to see how vegan ones would compare.  



Portion sizes are excellent at the Seaside Cake Parlour; I couldn’t resist a massive slice of mandarin cake, accompanied by a bucket (well, a large cup) of Earl Grey tea. If there's anything more satisfying than being perched in a pink chair with tea and cake, I am yet to find it. It was delicious and if I hadn’t been so full, I would’ve sampled more (oh look, an excuse to go back).

While chatting to owner Sarah Strickling, she told me how she had opened a cake and catering business in Germany and then in London. Eventually wanting to live by the sea, she made her way to Margate. With 10 years of experience as a professional pastry chef, Sarah worked at the Sands Hotel before obtaining her own premises. With her business, she hopes to “show how simple it is to enjoy good food the vegan way” and told me how rewarding it is to “see the eyes of a lactose intolerant child sparkle when choosing from all the options”. An extremely knowledgeable creative, Sarah has a talent for sugar art and offers a custom cake service and event catering.


Seaside Cake Parlour is an original, friendly and laid-back place to enjoy a sweet treat. It has personality too; its unique objects and oversized cups had me feeling like I was Alice in Wonderland. Sarah’s impressive skills in baking and cake customisation are undeniable. On the future of her business, she would “love it to grow and work together with local shops and restaurants, to bring more vegan, lactose-free and gluten-free options to menus”. And of her time in Margate, added that she’s “looking forward to enjoying and celebrating this vibrant and quirky place even more.” 

Seaside Cake Parlour 
24 Hawley Street, Margate

This blog post has been taken from my column in Margate's brilliant new paper - Margate Mercury.

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