Located in Kent, just south of Dover, Folkestone has been transforming from a sleepy seaside town to a bustling home for creative types over recent years. The new creative quarter has filled the area with artists, independent businesses, and a surge of local restaurants. Not sure where to start? Try one of these.
The Lavender Tea House
Take on a traditional English afternoon tea at The Lavender Tea House. The contemporary tearoom is ideal for a casual lunch or a relaxing break with your favorite cup of Darjeeling, Ceylon, or Chamomile. The homemade cakes, scones, and muffins pair with the loose-leaf teas to transport you way back to the early 19th century, when the ritual of afternoon tea began. The Lavender Tea House mixes contemporary with traditional in its simple menu.
Googies Art Café
Googies has concocted a perfect pairing with its undeniably delicious gourmet burgers and craft beer. The craft beer craze has travelled from America to the UK, where smaller, local brews are finally standing out. In addition to mouth-watering burgers stacked high with locally sourced beef, Googies offers gourmet hot dogs, stunning breakfast platters, and fine fair trade coffees. Time your visit to see live music or an art exhibition while you dine.
Situated right next to the English Channel, Rocksalt’s floor-to-ceiling windows offer some of Folkestone’s best dinnertime views. Sit inside or out while enjoying a dish of Folkestone’s freshly caught, seasonal fish or locally sourced meat. Stop by on a Sunday to enjoy a traditional English roast.
Chummys Seafood Stall
If you plan to stop by the Folkestone’s seaside, you won’t want to miss out on a visit to Chummys Seafood Stall. The family run business aims to serve the best shellfish, and locals would attest to its success. Modern adaptations like deep fried chili prawns and traditional favorites like jellied eels and mussels are all highly recommended.
Blooms brings the flavor of the Mediterranean to southeast England. Fresh pizzas, pastas, and seafood dishes mix Mediterranean and British styles to provide something everyone will enjoy. Located just down the road from the harbor on the Old High Street, the modern interior of the restaurant has an open theater kitchen and a lounge for pre-dinner drinks. Reservations are recommended.
A visit to a traditional English pub recommended by the Good Beer Guide is a great way to end your travels through Folkestone. Conveniently located inland from the harbor, the relaxed atmosphere makes the perfect setting for a casual lunch. The lunchtime menu runs from noon to 3pm. Try a traditional roast or have an order of fish and chips made with The Guildhall’s locally sourced cod.
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