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A Happy Weekend in Margate

February 18, 2015 | News

I’ve just spent a lovely Valentines weekend on the Kent coast. After a long and painful drive we checked into our room at The Salutation in Sandwich… yes, that’s right, Steph & Dom’s B&B (if you’re a fan of Gogglebox you’ll know what I’m talking about, if not you’ll have no idea). It’s a beautiful mansion house with landscape gardens. We were very well looked after by the staff and after Eggs Benedict in the morning (and the obligatory posing on the sofa) we hit the road and made the short drive to Margate. I’d heard mixed reviews about Margate but there were some vintage shops I wanted to visit as well as the Turner Contemporary gallery. We basically had a fantastic time there! Some parts of the town are rough and run down but, in my opinion, that just added to the edgy charm. The place is quirky, arty and ‘real’. We made some purchases in Scotts, marveled at the delights in Junk Deluxe, had coffee in a very cool cafe called Fonts, browsed the ‘Self’ exhibition at the Turner Contemporary, made some purchases in the gift shop, before heading down for a pint in a proper seaside micro-brewery on the harbour arms. The beach is beautiful and vast and the town comprises lots of vintage shops, independent boutiques, cool cafes, cosy pubs, cocktail bars and some very friendly locals!

After we’d splashed out at The Salutation we decided to spend Valentines night in a cheap crumby hotel on the front… but it was perfect. Maybe I’m more suited to cheap and crumby? Not sure how I feel about this.

We were there for about 24 hours but I felt right at home and I can’t wait to go back. Next time I think I’d like to stay at The Retro Rooms or The Reading Rooms

Thanks to my boy Fred for taking me to vintage heaven 🙂

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