Ramsgate foodie guide: where locals eat and drink

Discover our pick of the best places to eat and drink in Ramsgate on the northeast coast of Kent

Looking for Ramsgate restaurants? This seaside town on the far northeast tip of Kent cashes in on old-world charm, offering hungry visitors much more than your standard beachside fish and chips.


Here are our best places to eat and drink in Ramsgate…

The Bench – best tapas restaurant in Ramsgate

The Bench is a vibrant and social Spanish tapas restaurant at the end of the harbour arm in Ramsgate. A good range of wines is available by the glass thanks to an enomatic machine and the tapas selection is equally diverse. A whole jamon is sliced to order; dive into a plate of 36 month Serrano.

Or, try the saffron and manchego tart with sherry foam, some classic gambas with chilli and garlic, sweet padron peppers or empanadillas filled with chorizo, chickpeas and a spicy mojo picon dip.


Archive – best cafe in Ramsgate

Nestled inside the arched walls overlooking Ramsgate’s Royal Harbour is unusual cafe cum shop, Archive. Its interiors are built with birch plywood, bringing a Scandi feel to Kent. Sit and browse the carefully curated kitchenware (wooden items from Bambu, glasses and mugs from Scandinavian brands), pick up the latest issue of Kinfolk (once you’ve bought olive, of course!) or invest in a new cookbook.

Farmer’s daughter Naomi Grady offers quiches and cakes, handmade from ethically sourced local ingredients. It is a great place for a slice of apple cake, or a late breakfast: choose the mashed, lime-laced avocado and streaky bacon on thickly cut toast with tea from local makers, Debonair (the latter is served with a timer so you can steep a perfect brew, or the homemade seed and nut granola with local yogurt and berries.

Alternatively, come at lunchtime for the Moroccan lamb wrap with harissa yoghurt and couscous or a Buddha bowl of the day, with raw veggies, rice noodles and a soy and ginger dressing.


Vinyl Head – best vegan food in Ramsgate

For a vinyl and vegan vibe, head to Vinyl Head café-cum-record store in Ramsgate’s Georgian heart.


Kyoto Sushi – best sushi in Ramsgate

When a Japanese restaurant seems to be recommended by every chef in the area, the chances are it’s a winner. And that’s the case with Ramsgate’s reasonably-priced Kyoto Sushi. An unassuming but authentic Japanese spot, don’t be put off by the basic decor and faded frontage.

It’s all about the food here. The chef rises early each morning to source the pick of the fish brought in at the harbour. And as well as fantastic sashimi and sushi, the gyoza, takoyaki and Bento boxes are all exemplary.

The Albion – best place to stay in Ramsgate

On the corner of grand Wellington Crescent, overlooking Ramsgate’s harbour, The Albion hotel is in prime position for sea-gazing, especially if you book the suite that comes with a wraparound terrace. The nine bedrooms at this Regency-style hotel are set around a beautiful circling staircase and come with fine bedlinen, plush carpets and an immaculate finish.

The on-site restaurant and bar, Townley’s, has just been renovated and covers most bases, from super-healthy salads to sliders, small plate sharing dishes to larger meat and fish dishes (try the whole chicken for two). If you visit at the weekend and don’t fancy running the gauntlet of the noisier bars along the harbour, stay here and wallow in the elegant surroundings of the lounge areas or the hotel bar.



Words and pictures by Leanne Bracey, June 2016