Why is Deal one of the most popular holiday destinations on the Kent Coast?

Phoebe Shipton  ·  14th June 2019

“No-one passes through” declares the fisherman, “people only come to Deal for a purpose”

Deal, Kent, in-depth travel guide Summer 2019

“No-one passes through” declares the fisherman, “people only come to Deal for a purpose”.

He is right, or at least he was – until recently. Deal’s liberal atmosphere and unique culture have thrived from being precisely the place that no-one happens upon, situated as it is between Dover and Ramsgate, to the one of the most popular holiday destinations to visit on the Kent Coast.

Reasons to holiday in Deal on the Kent coast

Here are just a few reasons why we, at Keepers Cottages, know you will love to come on holiday to Deal, on the Kent Coast!

Gorgeous Deal seafront

Deal is now bustling with delis, restaurants, great pubs, galleries and vintage and interior shops. The famous Georgian conservation area of fisherman’s cottages just behind the seafront is bustling with holiday homes to rent. The many blue plaques are testament to the town’s bohemian history, an author here, a painter there, especially that belonging to Charles Hawtrey, who lived on the famous Middle Street. 

Independent cafes and restaurants in Deal, Kent

Deal’s busy past and bright future seems to converge on its pier, the only of its kind to have been built in the UK since the end of the last war. The present pier is home to the new cafe, Deal Pier Kitchen, is a destination in itself. This is a really popular place for families to eat out.

There are always live bands and shows on a Sunday and bank holidays here, it is where the town comes together.

Come and explore Deal’s vintage and lifestyle shops

Wander round the rarefied streets of the conservation area around Middle Street, making sure you don’t miss the winding Brewer Street and charming Portobello Court, before heading to the old high street for an intriguing selection of Vintage and lifestyle shops.

Try the recently expanded Hoxton Store for interiors, the very rummage able two floor Petit Brocante and the wonderful Mileage with its maze of rooms, accompanying tea shop and well thumbs piles of world of interior magazines. The newly relocated Will and Yates gallery and home store is not to be missed.

A five minute stroll away is Smugglers Records in King Street, the place for both old and new vinyl with handy craft beer and coffee. They have regular live appearances, signing and events too, such as Vic Reeves wildly popular live draw.

For all self catering holiday makersin Deal the local produce is unbeatable. There is our favourite Jenkin’s fishmongers (try the golden-hued whole smoked mackeral) and the Black Pig butchers. Le Pinardier for wine and excellent French cheeses at the No Name shop. Filberts deli has the best sourdough in town. There are two greengrocers and all the other usual shops you would expect to find in a high street.

One weekly happening not to be missed if you are on holiday in Deal is the Saturday market, an essential stop for bric-a-brac, books, second hand furniture, Kentish fruit and veg, meats, sauces and flowers, not to mention wonderful to die for homemade Swedish cakes (found in the welcome packs in Keepers Cottages holiday homes) Bygabo. You will be greeted by the wonderful friendly Malin whose smile will make your day!

In the last couple of years the market has noticeably moved with the times. Alongside the excellent Kentish cheese stall, there is coffee from the characterful Moveable Feast caravan-cafe, which specialises in locally roasted beans from Real Deal Roastery. Kingsdown Bread, handmade up the coast each morning. There is even a sit-down-cafe Polish stall selling meatballs, sausages and pierogi.

The outdoor wine bar, with benches, run by Kath and Pascal from Authentic Wines. Known as the wine club to its loyal regulars, it’s perfect for a cheeky glass of pink Sancerre before lunch. And if it is your first visit to Deal, on a sunny day it’s the best place to meet a bunch of lovely locals.

Need a caffeine kick elsewhere, The Slow Food care and Italian-owned Miretti are other good places. The Slow Food has a lovely sunny garden too!

The Post Room, right next to the train station (perfect for those holiday makers coming by train) is fabulous and don’t forget its sister cafe Hut 55, on the promenade up towards Walmer and has a south facing wooden decking, picnic items and other tasty goodies making it a great place to take the children on your holiday. 

Cycle or swim the Kent coastline

Mikes Bikes – is right next to Hut 55, and you can hire bikes for all the family and ride to Kingsdown or Sandwich along the flat coastal path.

Swimming – it is pretty balmy in the water in high summer. Kingsdown beach is a popular place to swim for our holiday guests and the other direction towards Sandown Castle is quieter. A couple of miles further is the glorious Sandwich Bay with miles of sand, perfect for families and for your dogs for a wonderful long walk, see our dog friendly cottagesto rent. Do check out our Kingsdown holiday cottages.

Historic Deal: landmarks worth a visit

Deal is steeped in history. The delightful Maritime Museum is a good starting point and then you can embark on a brisk seafront hike south.

Timeball Tower, rose-shaped Deal Castle, with its dark passageways and authentic 16th century unadorned feel, and then reach Walmer Castlefor cream on the battlements. These are wonderful places to take the children to and often have activities for half terms and holidays. Dover Castle is a 15 minute drive away and you can spend a whole day there and the children will be exhausted!

The long walk – St Margaret’s Bay

This wonderful cove, where playwright and actor Noel Coward owned a house on the beach, makes a really popular holiday destination. There is a glorious walk from Deal across the shingle beaches and white chalk cliffs. Grab a pint or lunch at the newly refurbished Zetland Armson Kingsdown beach en route and carry on over the cliffs for some well-deserved refreshments at The Coastguard, the closest pub to France! 

Book a holiday cottage in Deal or Kingsdown

Please do look at our self catering holiday cottages in Deal and Kingsdown and the surrounding areas.

For more information please do visit our website at www.keeperscottages.co.uk

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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