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

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Review: The Drift, Bishopsgate

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Out Of Office Magazine reviews The Drift Bar near Liverpool Street Station.

The Drift is a lively bar and restaurant in the heart of the city, brimming with quirky collectables, hidden alcoves and a slight nautical vibe – in some corners the aquarium next door casts swimming shadows on the walls.

It has an open plan kitchen so you can see the chefs whipping up dishes from simple sharing boards and fries, to burgers and larger plates like roast rump of lamb with mint jus.

For us, the highlights on the menu were the scotch egg with piccalilli and the dessert cocktails.

The Drift is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and late drinks. Innovative cocktails and a good selection of wines sit alongside the varied seasonal menu.

What? A bar serving food throughout the day a stones throw away from Liverpool Street Station.

Why Choose the Drift? A good place if you’re planning client or staff drinks and are looking for a lively and informal place with a touch of class. Mixology and cocktails are a key feature.

Cost: ££

Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY

Review: The Latchmere, Battersea

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Out Of Office Magazine reviews The Latchmere – a spectacular public house and garden lying close to the river in the heart of Battersea. 

The Latchmere was only renovated four months ago and it shows. Not only are the staff smiling and attentive, their food is first class and reasonably priced.

The menu is where the Latchmere excels itself as it showcases its dedication to all things meat – from their own home-cured British charcuterie, to their wide range of steaks, all aged in-house, as well as their succulent chicken and pork.

The chorizo scotch egg starter, which comes with a delicious truffle mayonnaise, was a particular highlight. We chose a full-bodied Rioja to accompany the seven hour pressed pork belly main, which was incredibly delicious but only left a little room for the Irish coffee cheesecake. The dessert, which is served with a shot of amaretto, certainly has the wow factor and creates a fantastic finish. For those with any room left, the British cheese board is delicious and big enough for two.

What? A hidden gem of a restaurant in the heart of Battersea.

Why choose The Latchmere? Thanks to its laid back vibe but decent, classy food it’s ideal for a meeting place for staff or client drinks or just catching up with friends.

503 Battersea Park Rd, Battersea, London SW11 3BW

020 7223 3549

http://www.thelatchmere.co.uk/