A WEEKEND IN...DEAL
The British seaside at its very best - nostalgic and yet jam packed full of interior design gems and a fabulous new hotel to add a touch of luxury and style to the old world charm.
Traditional fisherman's pubs rub shoulders with independent boutiques, antique shops and tasty bistros to make your weekend a great mix of old and new.
A Weekend in Deal | Friday...
Get the train out of London direct to Deal from London Kings Cross which takes 1hr 20mins. Once you arrive the Rose hotel is only a short walk away and is a newly refurbished and reimagined boutique hotel, bar and restaurant (therosedeal.com; 91 High St, Deal, CT14 6ED). It is an interiors dream with a mid century focus and each of the rooms is individually styled to perfection with touches like record players and sweetie jars to really help you unwind.
Relax and enjoy the surroundings taking in a cocktail at the bar and then settle in for dinner in the nautical wooden clad dining room which serves up a menu of small sharing plates and unmissable desserts.
The Rose is the best place to stay
A Weekend in Deal | Saturday...
Morning / Afternoon
The Saturday market at Deal is a great mish-mash of antiques and collectibles, local produce and handmade sweet treats. Pop by the Swedish bakehouse stall for a sweet snack whilst you browse.
Deal high street is an example of a thriving British independent shopping district with a host of homewares boutiques, antique treasure troves and art galleries. Taylor Jones and Son (taylorjonesandson.co.uk; High Street, Deal, CT14 6EE)is a great place to pick up a unique print and the Hoxton store (hoxtonstore.com; High St, Deal CT14 6BE) is full of interiors inspiration.
No trip to the coast would be complete without fish and chips and Middle Street fish bar (78 Middle St, Deal CT14 6HL) is the best place in town to grab a crispy battered cod and head to the beach two minutes walk away. Deal seafront is vast and the pebbled shores are a mesmerising place to park on a bench to enjoy your lunch.
Deal is famous for its Georgian architecture and the conservation protected area of middle street is a great place to wander and get lost in the lanes. No one of the sorbet coloured houses is the same.
Mileage vintage home & tea station (156 High St, Deal CT14 6BG) is a great Alladin's cave of repurposed vintage gems and also home to a little tea shop serving up a wide range of delicious cakes offering an excellent opportunity for a pitstop. If you like your vinyl and fancy something stronger , grab a craft beer and peruse the records at Smugglers record shop (shop.smugglersrecords.com; Street, Deal CT14 6HX).
Enjoy your fish and chips on Deal's lovely beach front
Pubs don't come more cosy and authentic than the Ship Inn (141 Middle St, Deal CT14 6JZ). This is old school pub territory so blend in with the locals and try the vast array of local ales - cash only so bring the pennies!
Another good spot is the wine bar le Pinardier (102 High St, Deal CT14 6EE) which host live musicians on the weekend and sells a huge selection of bottles for you to takeaway or sip in its cosy candlelit shop.
Frog and Scot (www.frogandscot.co.uk; 86 High St, Deal CT14 6EG) is a few doors down for dinner and is run by a Scottish and French couple who combine a love of each countries cuisine on the menu. Fish and oysters are an obvious choice and the desserts are not to be missed.
The Frog and Scot
A Weekend in Deal | Sunday...
Start the day with a lazy brunch with the Sunday papers at the Rose Hotel. A Bloody Mary and the Scandi plate of smoked salmon, beetroot, picked fennel, rye bread, soft boiled eggs and dill creme fraiche come highly recommended.
Lunch / Afternoon
After breakfast, set off on a leisurely stroll along the Saxon Shore Way coastal path towards St Margarets Bay. It is worth rewarding yourself with a stop at the Zetland Arms for a swift half as a midpoint. The path then takes you up to walk the cliff edge and allows you to appreciate the sea views and white chalky rock face.
Finish at the Coastguard with a Sunday roast where you can look straight out on to the sea and the striking white cliffs adjacent to the pub.
After lunch take a short taxi to the train station at Martins Mill where you can catch the train back to London.
Take a stroll along the Saxon Shore Way then enjoy a roast at the Coast Guard