With the UK’s often inconsistent weather, it’s easy to forget that there are some amazing beaches and seaside towns to explore without venturing abroad. One of my personal favourites is Broadstairs.
It has to be one of the most picture perfect British resorts – white cliffs, colourful beach huts, a fun fair, cockle stalls on the Pier and some fantastic Ice Cream Parlours.
Situated between Margate and Ramsgate in Kent, it’s an hour and a half to reach from London by train. From the train station, it’s a 10 minute walk downhill to the beautiful sandy beach.
As well as the beach, Broadstairs has some fantastic restaurants including a great Tapas bar called Albarinos, which is situation on Albion Street, just above the beach and Wyatt and Jones by the harbour which does great brunches (among other things).
Broadstairs is also home to Morelli’s Ice Cream Parlour, which has been running since 1932. It serves the most amazing ice cream sundaes, especially the knickerbocker glory, and is decorated in an art deco style – with pink everything and a shell fountain!
After consuming all that ice cream, it’s lovely to stroll along the parade, which extends the length of the Bay and has great views of the beach and lots of lovely restaurants, cafes and shops on the way.
And no visit to the English seaside would be complete without a visit to the arcades, to get rid of some 2 penny coins!