For its size, Broadstairs offers a surprisingly wide selection of good quality places to eat. In no particular order:
Wyatt and Jones serves modern British food, with seafood landed from the harbour it overlooks, Kentish meat and wine, and local cheeses. They also do an excellent Sunday lunch.
Albarino is a tapas bar and restaurant with everything cooked to order. Eat at a table or snack at the bar in traditional Spanish style.
Posillipo is one of Broadstairs’ most popular restaurants. It serves traditional Neapolitan cuisine, from pizzas to pastas, fresh fish and specials, overlooking Viking Bay. In the summer, the outdoor terrace is open.
Cardak is an authentic Turkish restaurant with a real charcoal grill. Affordable and always busy, Cardak serves excellent grilled meats.
Samworth & Mee is a newer modern British bistro with an attractive menu and specials board. The fish is local and breakfasts are also recommended.
The Royal Albion Hotel is a great place to bring the kids on a hot afternoon. A large seating area at the front of the hotel overlooks Viking Bay and you can get a decent scampi and chips and a glass of wine.
Fish and chips are essential for any visit to the seaside. You will find several fish and chip shops on Broadstairs High Street, most notable is probably Star of the Sea about halfway up on the right.
Bars and pubs
Broadstairs bars, like the town itself, are often small and quirky.
For live music, try the Wrotham Arms on Ramsgate Road. They have a live band every Friday and Saturday evening, as well as Sunday afternoons and Tuesday evenings.
The Tartar Frigate also have regular live bands. You can check out their schedule here.
Broadstairs is also home to a steadily increasing number of micro pubs. Try The Thirty Nine Steps for real ales from the cask, ciders, wines and bar snacks (though it’s recently outgrown its original micro pub status).
The Four Candles Alehouse bills itself as the smallest brewpub in Britain. It serves beers and ales from small breweries and is proud of the fact that there’s no TV or WiFi. Just don’t ask for a lager.
Mind The Gap is a tiny railway-themed pub on the High Street (just below the Railway Station) serving local beers and ales.
The Chapel, located in an old bookshop (and still with the books lining the wall) serves local beers, English wines, and snacks.