Five Reasons to Visit Deal this Autumn

Phoebe Shipton  ·  28th September 2017

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We’ve had a fantastic, fun filled Summer at Keepers, but it’s time for Autumn now! Here are some of our favorite things to do in Deal over the Autumn and some great events taking place over September and October to make the most of any weather.


Find a cosy pub

Almost every single one of our beautiful cottages is within walking distance from a cosy pub. 
There are lots of great pubs in the area to curl up in on an autumnal evening. You’ll find a lot of Deal’s pubs have a rich heritage, serving boatmen, soldiers and marines since the 1800’s. The King’s Head and Port Arms near The Pier are great for enjoying a drink outside and taking in the sea views, they even have outdoor heaters for when the evenings get a little chillier. If you’d rather keep it cozy and take it inside, many places are dog friendly and serve great food. The Berry in Walmer is a traditional family run ale house known for their award winning selection of ales and real ciders, and a friendly atmosphere and even it’s ridiculously easy to find as it’s bright green! If you’re staying during the weekend, you can’t beat sitting down in the pub for a sunday roast, and sunday roasts don’t get much nicer than the Prince Albert. We’d recommend booking but if you turn up early you might be lucky enough to squeeze in. Our pick of cozy pubs would definitely have to be The Deal Hoy though, it’s the image that comes into your head when you picture a cozy pub, small, filled with laughter, and they have amazing wood fired pizza. Our final suggestion would have to be the taphouse, although maybe not classically cozy, it has an amazing selection of beers, some amazing gin cocktails and also a great selection of food. To be honest, most of the pubs in Deal are a winner, It would be pretty hard to find a dud.


Take in some culture

Dont Walk/ Walk Gallery is a new addition to Deal, opening just this year. The gallery shows a refreshing mix of artists from around the world. Tucked away past the bottom of the high street, look out for the New York street sign the gallery takes its name from hung in the window. Owner Neil Kelly wanted to curate something different to a lot of typical seaside galleries. You’ll find themes of Americana and satire in the works, and a portfolio of artists who Neil has met throughout his career in the art world, including Deal local Vick Reeves. The new exhibition “Down from London” opens on 30th September and is a collaboration with nearby bar, The Taphouse. Neil will be showing London artists working in print, sculpture, painting and photography, while The Tap House will be serving London brewed beers down the street. Come along for a taste of what’s fresh in the artworld and for a little culture by the sea.


Catch a sunrise on the beach

Everyone knows autumn and winter are the best seasons for dramatic colour filled skies. Deal is a great place to come and enjoy day break, whether you’re an early riser or late to bed make sure you head to the beach to watch the sun peek over the sea. If you’re lucky enough to be staying somewhere with a sea view  you don’t even have to leave your bed to make the most of the views. Sunsets on the other hand are best enjoyed from Deal pier, if you’re looking to make others jealous of your holiday bring along a camera, and snap the picturesque views of the town. If not just settle down with a flask (we won’t judge you on what you put in it) and blanket at the end of the pier and enjoy the lights of Deal. There are apps that can tell you what time to look out for sunrise and sunset to make sure you get there at the optimum time. Don’t miss these great locations which were recently featured in ITV’s Liar, the pier provided a great backdrop for the brooding atmosphere, while Deal and Kingsdown beach were given centre stage and shown frequently throughout the program.


Warm yourself with a hot drink

It’s the season of pumpkin spiced lattes and indulgent hot chocolates, and if Starbucks is your thing then we’ve got one, but Deal has an abundance of cafes and coffee shops to take advantage of and we can’t recommend going independant enough. From expertly brewed coffee, to cute little tearooms for afternoon tea, there’s something to suit everyone. A lot of locals swear by the coffee from The Hope and Lane on the High Street, they have a huge selection of coffee, and they know their stuff. We personally love the vanilla latte, they do a lovely selection of food from quick bites too long lunches. Miretti’s, which is also on the High Street, have an incredible selection of delicious Italian baked goods that are well worth checking out, but beware if you’re on a diet as it’s just too difficult to resist their cakes. It’s clear we’re a town who love our coffee shops.


Artists Open Studios

If you’re in the mood for more local culture, come along to an open studio weekend. There is a growing community of creative people based in Deal, the open studios is a great opportunity to explore it first hand. Artists from Deal and all along the Kent coast open their studio doors to the public for these special events. Follow the Deal trail to meet local creatives, see their works and purchase original artwork. The artists are very welcoming and delight in talking about their work to new audiences. What’s more it’s totally free, visit the website for details on opening weekends

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About Phoebe Shipton

Having studied Marketing at University of Manchester, Phoebe joined the family business in 2020 as Head of Marketing and Operations. Phoebe is focused on making Keepers Cottages stand out, as well as ensuring the bookings flood in!

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