We decided to have a short break to the Kent coast during this coronavirus pandemic. We choose to have a three-nights staycation in Deal, Kent.
Deal is a charming sea-side town in the English coast of Kent. It is facing the English channel. Deal has some historic streets which probably flourished during the 18th and 19th century. One of the historic streets is Middle Street, a long street where you can find a range of Victorian and Georgian properties.
It is easy to fall in love with Deal. It has laid back and relax atmosphere.
I would imagine Deal to be a perfect place to retire. The town has everything, plenty of pubs, high street with plenty of shops. It also has many restaurants to choose for, Indian, Thai, Italian or even Chinese take-aways. Walking around the beach side would never bore you as the sea view is always amazing.
We stay at The Clarendon Hotel in Beach Street, Deal.
The hotel is very close to the sea. I would say beach front. It is nice view from the front of the hotel.
We have an amazing sea-view room, overlooking the Pier.
It is a nice and clean hotel. It has air conditioner that can also be a heater if you need to.
During coronavirus pandemic, the hotel provides complimentary room breakfast such as cereals and cereal bars, with tea and coffee.
We also like that they provide disinfectant wipes and there are hand sanitizers at the entrance and corridor.
We also try a breakfast at the nearby cafe: Wellington’s.
Pubs in Deal
We visited many pubs in Deal. On Monday during the pandemic, however, some of the pubs do not open. When we arrive on Monday, we visited the Kings Head pub in Deal.
The Kings Head Pub is a beautiful pub from the outside. It has a wonderful place to sit and drink outside. We hadn’t had chance to drink inside as we need to book in advance. When the sun is shining, it is a lovely place to sit and drink outside taking all in the sea view. It can be very noisy, though. Even on Monday, it can be very busy too.
We also visited the Ship Inn pub in Middle Street.
It is a lovely old pub with a selection of real ales. I think when we were there, there were about four pumps of real ales.
We also visited the Queen Street Tap, near the station.
We have lunch there twice. Nice atmosphere. On Tuesday, it was pretty quiet but on Wednesday, it was quite busy. I guess it is because of Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.
We also visited The Saracen Head in Albert Square, Deal. It is closed on Monday, but it opens on any other days. They have the perfect Master Brew ale.
Where to Eat in Deals
In term of restaurant to eat, we recommend Dine India for Indian food.
We had lamb dupiaza and prawn madras. The madras is really spicy! But they are delicious! Don’t forget to order the poppadum as they come with tasty sauces!
If you fancy Thai food, head up to Bangkok Pavillion at the High Street.
I would say they should put more chilli in their food, because it is not spicy at all. But maybe it is made to custom the Western taste.
Chicken satay starter is a must! The flowery vegetable/fruit carving is beautiful!
We had fish turmeric sauce and beef chilli stir fried. We both think that it should be more spicier than these. The food should have more level of chili. But anyway it is acceptably tasty.
We love the authentic decoration inside the Bangkok Pavillion. It really does feel that you are in Thailand.
If you fancy something sweet, waffle or ice cream kind of snack, then head up to the Beach Cafe just next to the Clarendon Hotel. They serve yummy banatoffee waffle and decent cappuccino and milkshake.
Also head up to Deal Pier where you can see wonderful view of the sea and the town itself. There is a restaurant in the Pier. We would love to try their breakfast, but at that time it was long queue, so we decided not to eat there.
It really is wonderful view from the Pier. It can get windy, though.
We enjoy our staycation in Deal and we recommend anyone who wanted to have a short getaway in the seaside of Kent.
Deal is within two hours journey from London Bridge or London St Pancras station. We use Southeastern train. Pleasantly surprise of the quality of the train, nice, clean and comfort.
Romantic view of the sea when the sun set. Best of Deal.