Europe Travel · June 14, 2023

A Couple Of Days in Ramsgate

 

When it came to planning my birthday, one thing I knew was that I wanted to wake up with my family- and, seeing as my sofa won’t fit three fully grown adults- I took to booking a little night by the sea as a special treat to see in the big 3-0 (did I say I’d turned 30, or?)

After seeing Alice recently stay at the beautiful Nomad House via Kip Hideaways in Ramsgate (if Alice goes, you know it’s golden), I was sold. Situated a stone’s throw away from the sea, in one of the town’s most beautiful squares (with one of the neighbouring homes being where Vincent Van Gogh lived for a while)- it couldn’t have been a more perfect getaway for a couple of nights of r&r.

With the inside inspired by mid-century modern, every detail was considered and naturally, exceptionally cool. Whether that was the open plan dining area (which makes cooking/performing in tandem a glorious dining experience for everyone… ahem), the living area with balcony views to the sea or the bedrooms with cloud-like beds, it felt like a lucky find.

Plus, the owners also make travelling with a child wonderfully straightforward; with a high chair, travel cot, monitor, steriliser, bath and play mat already there to avoid any extra luggage (and let’s admit it, there’s always a lot to bring).

 

 

 

 

 

Having visited Ramsgate a couple of times before and the journey taking just under an hour a half from London, I knew it would be a pretty great base for a balance of relaxed time by the harbour and also getting around to other beautiful parts of the Kent coast. Whether that’s walking, taking the train or doing a short drive. I thought I’d pop a little round up of what we did on our two nights below, in case you’re planning a visit- or need a little British summertime travel inspiration.

 
Wednesday afternoon

Lunch at Archive

With check in being at 3, we arrived about 1 for a leisurely lunch at Archive; a gorgeous homeware shop and café under the arches along the front. With their all day brunch and lunch menu having pretty much everything you could wish for, it’s the perfect spot for tea and cake (or a full English) with sunny views over the front.

A Chippy Tea

Like most good sea side towns in the UK, Ramsgate has it’s fair share of good chippies; and we opted for Ramsgate Fish & Chips for an absolutely integral chippy tea to take home and snaffle around the dining room table together.

 

 

 

Thursday

I knew I wanted a day out exploring during our little stay, and with Broadstairs being an hours walk along the coastal path (that, or a speedy ten minute car ride away)- it seemed like a no brainer (Margate is also a 20 minute drive away, and Whitstable and Deal are 40 minutes by car too- so you’re pretty spoilt for choice).

Here are some of the spots on my list (and the ones we paid a visit to):

Forts: For excellent coffee and a perfectly curated breakfast and lunch menu, which is always creative and filled with flavour (they know their way around a cheese toastie, let’s just say that).

Flotsam & Jetsam: For a beach picnic (and Broadstairs has *the* loveliest sandy beach), it’s a seafood lunch from Flotsam & Jetsam and their excellent chips.

Morelli’s: No Broadstairs visit is complete without a Morelli’s pit stop (I’ve also added my old extended guide here with a few of my other favourite suggestions too).

(we also had dinner at Updown Farmhouse, which I’ll be sharing separately soon)!

 

 

 

 

Friday

Before we headed home, there were a few spots I wanted to pop by that were pretty much on our doorstep (although it’s worth noting some are only open on certain days, so if you’re planning a visit to hit up specific shopping spots, always have a nosey ahead).

Staple Stores: Whether you’re after a truly *chefs kiss* hot chocolate (or coffee, if you’re a proper grown up) and some of the best pastries you’re likely to have this side of the English Channel, make this one to visit.

Vinyl Head: I could have spent a fortune in here because the selection is just so, so good. The owner is also incredibly helpful and knowledgeable (so I’d set aside some serious browsing time).

Bubba Wears: Although this spot was sadly closed when we popped by, after pressing my nose up to the window long enough I can confirm it is *the* sweetest baby and toddler shop and I arguably might have spent a small fortune had it been open.

Tales on Moon Lane: a.k.a the most magical toy and book shop for small people. Arlo would have quite happily have left with everything from here (including the miniature train which puffs around the ceiling too). Book Bodega was also on my list for grown up reading too!

 

 

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Candice
    June 15, 2023 at 10:05 pm

    Your Ramsgate travel post is inspiring! The descriptions and photos bring the place to life. Thanks for sharing your delightful experience!

    Cheers!

    Candice x

    theblogsocial.com

  • Reply
    Danielle
    June 17, 2023 at 8:53 pm

    Such lovely photographs!

    Danielle | thereluctantblogger.co.uk

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