I don’t know about you, but when you hear someone say 'seaside town' I instantly think dirty overcast grey sky, cold annoying breeze and steamy, moist café windows filled with miserable day trippers avoiding the rain outside. A harsh reality right of what often is a British seaside town. Well that’s how I feel like thinking of the seaside town today anyway.
However, over the last few years, it’s been pretty hard to ignore all the hype surrounding certain seaside towns. If I see Margate in the Evening Standard one more time.... But fuck it, let’s talk about Margate.
Margate has been the butt of so many jokes it’s just not funny anymore, and after some snazzy investment it’s been headlined rather loosely as 'Shoreditch on Sea' in nearly every national newspaper in the world... Yep, even the New York Times has been chirping up about Margate. And it deserves its fame. I must admit this.
It’s become a giant creative hub that is endless for exploration and among its sandy beaches, there are back streets hiding a beautiful subculture of innovation, inspiration and modernisation. Let’s explore Margate.
Item #1 - Resort Studios
Resort is a studio collective of creative professionals founded in 2013 with a vision to create a space that encourages experimentation and collaboration in an inspiring and professional environment.
Item #2 - Black Deep
Fresh on the block, Black Deep is Margate’s only decent clothing shop. Opened last week, it’s a destination for all your contemporary needs with a subtle brand mix of well both established and local up and coming designers.
Item #3 - Roost
Looking out over the disused lido on Cliftonville's seafront, Roost is a restaurant that takes its poultry seriously.
While there are vegetarian options available, the real draw of this place is the delicious high welfare, locally sourced, corn-fed chicken, roasted to order with sides of barbecue sauce, perfectly crispy chips, rocket salad and served with homemade elderflower cordial. And while we recommend you go for lunch or a laid-back dinner, it's also open for breakfast serving chicken and waffles from 10am on the weekend.
Item #4 - The Reading Rooms
The Reading Rooms is a luxury boutique bed and breakfast in a recently restored, Grade II listed Georgian town house. It was awarded the prestigious 5* gold by Quality in Tourism and consists of three expansive guest rooms, each encompassing an entire floor of the house with windows overlooking a tree lined Georgian square.
Situated in Hawley Square, Margate's finest Georgian square, The Reading Rooms is less than five minutes’ walk to the sea and to the historic Old Town cultural quarter. Just stay here if you’re in town!
Words by Joe Khalifa.