What an inspiration our local restaurants, cafés and bars have been of late. Looking back to the dramatic weeks in March when full lockdown took place, their prospects seemed bleak. Fast forward to July and most if not all are up and running again in one form or another. While it is early days yet, an air of positivity has replaced the disheartening outlook for our fantastic eating establishments.
© The Table
Hatches were well and truly battened down to wait out the Covid storm. Some businesses shut lock, stock and barrel while others were able to adapt to take-away and delivery. Either way, Broadstairs Apartments is well aware it can't have been easy. Our lovely seaside town is graced with so many fantastic eateries and we've chosen a few for you to try. You won't be disappointed!
© Neptunes Hall
We had a few tense moments back in 2018, when it looked like beloved public house The Neptune was calling it a day. The windows were whitewashed and many a resident wondered what would become of this popular watering hole. We didn't have to wait long until, with sighs of relief, a new landlord stepped in and Neptunes Hall rose again. A classy refurbishment to the beautiful Grade II listed building has injected fresh energy, while staying faithful to the 19th century character. Crowning the top of Harbour Street, Neptunes Hall feels like it never went away. Its current custodians seem determined to tempt us all in with sublime Sunday roasts, mouthwatering pizzas from their wood-fired oven and a gin bar. The discos and quiz nights may be on hold, but there's still plenty to make a visit worthwhile.
© The Table
It was only a couple of months after The Table first opened its doors on York Street that lockdown struck and they had to abruptly shut up shop. For a brand-new venture this must have been incredibly frustrating. However with a project of its caliber, something tells us the setback won't be hindering them for long. The idea is beautifully simple, serving modern (read delicious) light bites with a backdrop of excellent wines, cheeses and a community feel. Bradstonians know that things have never been quite the same since the delicatessen a few yards along closed down a couple of years ago. The Table is poised to be a most welcome alternative we are sure. Charcurterie, cheese, sourdoughs, wines and craft beer. Enough said.
© Smiths Coffee Bar & Wellness
Your writer herself was lucky enough to have grown up on York Street many a moon ago. Just opposite over the road sat a shop that had many incarnations - an Italian shoe shop, a boutique hairdressers and even a canine beauty parlour! Its latest owners Smiths Coffee Bar and Wellness have lovingly revamped said shop and turned it into a smart little family-run independent café. The ground coffee is second-to-none, Matcha is de rigeur and a pleasing array of handmade cakes and pastries guaranteed. It's the kind of dinky little place where there's always a smiling face and with an 8am opening time a boon for those up and about early. A wellness space has been created at the back, where they had begun to hold evening discussion salons for learning and connecting. A real breath of fresh air for Broadstairs and with any luck things will continue apace once we are back to normal.
© Flotsam & Jetsam
Finally, something not to be missed is a visit down to Flotsam & Jetsam at the bottom of Harbour Street. If the place seems familiar that's because it is! The owners of the classy Wyatt & Jones restaurant have found a way to survive lockdown by offering fish and chips with a difference out of the very same premises. With such a quick turnaround, we can imagine the genius concept being hastily sketched out on paper and the eureka moment quickly ensuing. Opening just last week to rave reviews, many a happy customer has already tucked in to some of their 'seafood and frites.' With an eye-catching logo and snappy branding, and a fun new way of serving their fabulous fish dishes, we can't help but think that Flotsam & Jetsam is here to stay.
© Flotsam & Jetsam
Like we said, Broadstairs is truly spoilt for choice in the food and drink department. We've shown you just a handful to tickle your tastebuds. Hats off to our tenacious restaurateurs, who continue to make our seaside town a top food destination. Back open for business, we hope that you visit soon and treat yourself to some seriously good dining out!
© Neptunes Hall