Review: The Royal Harbour Hotel, Ramsgate


Out Of Office Magazine reviews The Royal Harbour Hotel, a quaint and quirky 28-bedroom townhouse in the seaside town of Ramsgate in Kent

On arrival at the Royal Harbour Hotel, which occupies three Georgian terraced buildings, we were greeted by the friendly receptionist who showed us to our room. Up the narrow winding stairs, artwork both antique and contemporary adorned the walls. A glowing review by The Telegraph on the hotel’s restaurant, The Empire Room, also sat proudly outside our upper deck double room.

The room

Our bedroom was clean and cosy with a private en-suite bathroom, TV, plenty of eclectic books, an espresso machine and a wonderful view of the harbour.

Blue decor and nautical paintings certainly made us feel like we were  by the seaside, even while lying in the bed with comfy goose feather toppers and pillows.

The restaurant

After relaxing in the room, we made our way down to The Empire Room for dinner. The restaurant’s theme is very much ‘best of British’ with plenty of military and royal memorabilia to admire, plus a regularly changing menu with locally sourced food.

Our highlights were the black pudding scotch egg for starter; we selected the curried halibut and trio of lamb for our mains, which were also delicious.

We washed it all down with a local Kent Chapel down Bacchus – a clean, dry and crisp English wine with tropical notes.

The town

Ramsgate is your typical English seaside town located in the district of Thanet in East Kent. It was one of the great English seaside towns of the 19th century, evident from it’s architecture, such as the old theatre that is now a Weatherspoon pub.

It’s busy little marina, packed with yachts of all shapes and sizes. The hotel is a short walk from the main esplanade lined with pubs, cafes, souvenir shops and the odd fish and chip shop!

In the evening, we took a stroll down the seafront to see its lights in the dry summer evening. Then, in the morning we took a 20-minute boat around the harbour.

There are plenty of leaflets in the hotel about all the activities on offer nearby, as well as further afield. You can also get plenty of ideas from the Visit Thanet website.

Why visit The Royal Harbour Hotel? On top of its cosy rooms and  delightful restaurant, you’ll find a patio garden with fairy lights a plenty, a snug room with a real fire for reading or relaxing, and a well-stocked honesty bar.

Just 90 minutes on the train from central London, you can exit the big smoke in favour of the open sea. Whether it’s for business or pleasure, The Royal Harbour has plenty to offer.

Cost:  £

Nelson Crescent, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 9JF

01843 591514



Review: Salvatore’s Bar, Playboy Club, Mayfair

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Laura Hinton reviews Salvatore’s Bar in The Playboy Club – an iconic venue in the heart of Mayfair

Following the addition of a new head chef, Salvatore’s has updated its bar menu giving it a fresh, modern feel.

The fish and chips main was succulent and light, perfectly complementing the crunchy beer battered hake was chips, mushy peas and tartar sauce. The lobster sliders and fries from the small bites section were also tasty and surprisingly filling.

But while the food is excellent, it’s the world famous cocktails that Salvadore’s prides itself on. The Spicy Fifty cocktail, consisting of Stoli vanilla vodka, elderflower cordial, fresh lime, honey syrup and chilli pepper, has the perfect bitter sharp blend with a kick to finish.

The bar also boasts a collection of rare vintage cognacs – some going back to the 1700s – which is sure to delight connoisseurs. Upstairs, the world-class casino with its iconic bunny croupiers offers luxury sports and gaming around the clock.

What? An award-winning piano and cocktail bar with outstanding service

Why choose Salvatore’s? If you’re looking for something a little bit special. Decadent and flamboyant with a young and wealthy crowd Salvatore’s is sure to impress.

14 Old Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 1ND

020 3411 3824