Margate Winter Warmers

It feels like time has barely passed since the summer but Margate has waved goodbye to sandals and deckchairs, and now us locals find ourselves facing those ‘bracing’ winds in woolly hats, as we defiantly trudge across the beach.

It still looks gorgeous; who doesn’t love a crisp and sunny day by the sea? But for those days when you need an incentive to stop binge watching Netflix (nothing wrong with that by the way) and to get out of your cosy and warm house, I’ve compiled a list of some great places in Margate to grab a warming treat to defrost, relax and indulge in. 

Right, I know I’m telling you to go to this amazing, well-respected pizza place to order hot chocolate, but trust me it’s good! Drinking hot chocolate is one of the only occasions where you can have an obscene amount of cream and marshmallows and get away with it. GB Pizza’s is made with a rich African cocoa that compliments the sweet toppings. I’m a big fan of this place; there’s always tasty food (I really don’t need to tell you about the pizza) and good service, so pop in for something different and get warmed up in style. 

It’s a good all rounder; an independent family owned restaurant and cocktail bar, I’ve often enjoyed one of their personalised gin and tonics on the balcony that overlooks the beach during the summer months. However, they too have prepped themselves for the colder temperatures and have now got an exciting autumn/winter menu, full of top quality Kentish produce. As the name suggests, the restaurant specialises in seafood, but it also offers some fantastic meat dishes. I would recommend the cod cheek goujons with homemade smoked garlic aioli as a starter and the hearty Kent lamb rump is a winning main course. 

The quality of the food is really apparent and you can tell that time has been taken by the chefs to find and combine complimentary flavours. The cocktails are made well and importantly, are of a decent size! There’s a really comfortable atmosphere; it’s a great place to go with the family. The menu offers plenty of variety, so there’s a lot to choose from. Top tip: go along on a Wednesday night to enjoy some live music with your meal. 

If you fancy something tasty between meals then Bernie’s is family friendly and my go-to place for a sweet treat by the sea. The fresh waffles are accompanied by your choice of melted chocolate and there's optional additions of ice cream, marshmallows, chocolate buttons, etc. It’s an informal setting that has great views of the seafront and affordable indulgent treats that really hit the spot for all those with a sweet tooth.

If you’re looking for something a bit different to the traditional Sunday dinner, why not try the exotic roast menu at The Ambrette? This restaurant is a firm favourite of mine as I love the unique flavour combinations that chef Dev Biswal and his team create. This exciting twist on a British dish has a main course meat selection ranging from pork to zebra. The usual accompaniments are there, but with aromatic spice infusions that will knock your socks off. There's good news if you're local too; you can grab a free privilege card for some awesome discounts! 

I’ll admit that when it’s really cold, walking along the Harbour Arm has felt like a bit too much of an effort in the past. But now I’m aware of the cheese heaven that awaits me, there is no longer any degree of hesitation in going. This cosy little spot delivers the goods in spectacular fashion for all those who love wine and cheese. The grilled cheese sandwiches are...everything. Accompanied by fennel and apple slaw and pickles, the moment you see that melted cheese ooze out of the chunky bread is when it becomes clear that this place is a game-changer. Visit on a Monday for the 2 for 1 deal. 

A true Thanet gem, going to The Dalby Cafe is a tradition in my family. This is a big statement, but I think it’s easily the best place to get a fry up in Margate. Surpassing the standard of your average greasy spoon, The Dalby uses local produce and has very reasonable prices. Take your hangover to these guys and you’ll be back on track in no time. Their roast dinners are pretty great too; with a choice of meats, it’s a bargain at just under £6! The Yorkshire pudding is simply inspiring. If you are on a budget and looking for a good old fashioned roast, I’d highly recommend it! 

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