Every year my four bestest buds from school and I like to go for a weekend by the sea to escape from London life and have some good clean wholesome fun! This year we decided to head to Broadstairs in Kent and had a right jolly time so I thought I’d share some of the fun with you here. (We look pretty wintery here – this weekend away was actually in March, I’m a bit delayed in posting. Soz and that).
Broadstairs is a really beautiful seaside town on the Kent coastline, not far from Canterbury and Margate. It only takes an hour and a half train journey from central London so is super convenient and relatively cheap for a day trip or little getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s got beautiful sandy beaches, a quaint town filled with lots of cute little shops and restaurants (including a hilariously named cafe called Peens!) and is famous for previously being home to Charles Dickens. There’s heaps of bed and breakfasts and guest houses in the area, as well as many holiday homes for hire, which is what we went for. Our holiday house was gorgeous – really modern and a bit of a bloggers dream, with lots of neutral whites and greys, real wooden floors and plenty of industrial meets beach chic furniture. There were two living rooms, two bathrooms, a dining room, fully equipped kitchen and it was literally two minutes walk to the beach and 10 minutes from the train station – I would definitely recommend a stay here if you’re after accommodation.
Jen and I decided to head down early Friday afternoon to make the most of our weekend and the uncharacteristically sunny March weather! After dropping our bags at the house, we headeddown the road to the beach. Jen’s recently moved to Cambridge so it was really lovely to spend a couple of hours walking along the sand chatting and catching up on each other’s news. We stopped and sat for a while too, enjoying watching the many many cute dogs which were loving life running around the beach. We got a bit too carried away with our catch up and realised fairly late that the beach had emptied and the sea was coming in fast, so we got quite wet feet splashing back through the areas of the beach which had already been swallowed up by the sea! Spot the City Girls! We headed back to the house ready to welcome Gemma, Lauren and Charlie, cracked open the prosecco, got some pizzas in the oven and settled down for a night of girlie gossip, Cards Against Humanity, Bananagrams and an amazing soundtrack of 90s tunes! All Saints 5eva!
On Saturday morning we got up and dressed, bandied together to make a cooked breakfast and then headed out the door for a coastal walk. We headed back down to Viking Bay where Jen and I had been the day before, but this time walked left along the coast. Sadly the weather was a lot more overcast than the day before but it was still a beautiful view looking out across the sea. I find wind farms absolutely mesmerising and really beautiful so I loved seeing the one just off the coastline. We walked all the way down to Kingsgate Bay and strolled over to the picturesque arch, messing around and fulfilling our tradition of taking “album cover” photos – we’re just too cool! After a couple of beers in a clifftop pub (The Captain Digby) we headed back into Broadstairs and explored the quaint little town and stopped for tea and cake at the Bessie’s Tea Parlour. It was as cute and kitsch as you’d imagine inside and my coffee cake was absolutely amazing – so rich and decadent!
Over the road we found an amazing ex-church-turned-second-hand-bookshop-cum-pub and stopped for a few gins and locally brewed cider whilst flicking through some of the amazing (and often hilarious) books that lined the shelves. I definitely recommend heading into The Chapel if you’re ever in Broadstairs – it’s really unique and you could easily spend and entire day in here sampling the huge array of flavoured ciders and leafing through the book shelves. We then headed back to the house and Charlie made us the most incredible nachos to accompany our cards and poker games.
As no one was coming to stay at the house immediately after us the owner said we could have a late check out until 3pm on Sunday so we cleaned everything up ready to go and then headed back down to the beach for another walk. The sun was out again and it was a beautiful walk down the promenade. After working up an appetite we decided there was only one thing we wanted to eat by the sea side – traditional fish and chips YUM! We stumbled across Star of the Sea which was actually voted “Best Chips in the UK” by the Potato Council. Yep, the Potato Council is a real thing. (I’ve already checked – there’s currently no jobs going spare for chip taste testers). The food was delicious – really tasty chunky chips – light and fluffy on the inside and crisp on the outside, and the fish was pre skinned as well as deboned before being battered which made it so much easier to eat with a little wooden chip fork. (And as Jen said meant you could eat more batter!) it was really fresh and rich and not at all oily NOM!
Feeling pretty full, we decided to work off some of that mammoth lunch and go for a round of mini golf! The course was really cute and overlooking the sea so we got lovely views when not in hysterics watching how bad we all were. Lauren (who apparently had her own set of clubs as a child and was talking a big game before we started) had us in fits of laughter as she tried to get her ball through the windmill six times before eventually smacking it so hard it almost smashed through the wood and out the other side!
We then went for one last stroll back down the beach on our way to pick up our bags and stopped off at Morelli’s ice cream parlour. The decor was so retro it was a bit like going back in time! They had a huge selection of homemade ice cream (Ferrero Roche flavour anyone?!) and is well worth a visit even if you don’t actually pick up a cone (though you most definitely should – it was amazing, and the perfect final treat of our weekend).
I had such a great time exploring Broadstairs. It’s such a fantastic place to visit, especially for those looking for a little break from London that isn’t too far away or too expensive. It’s got everything you need for a typical British beach holiday – beautiful coastline, quaint town with many an antique treasure trove, fabulous fish and chips and of course – delicious rich ice cream! I think it looked pretty stunning with rain and overcast skies so even the classic British weather shouldn’t put you off a visit!