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: Brasserie Blanc, Bath

Brasserie Blanc Bath

Out Of Office visits Brasserie Blanc, a brasserie set in a Georgian building serving a classically French menu devised by celebrity chef Raymond Blanc

We kicked off our leisurely lunch at Brasserie Blanc in historic Bath by bagging a window seat, the perfect spot for people watching from the corner of pretty Queen’s Square where the restaurant is situated.

From the very beginning of our lunch the service was top notch – the staff were polite and courteous and nothing was too much trouble.

To start we opted for the mediterranean fish soup with the garlic and saffron rouille, croutons and grated cheese. It was a large portion; incredibly rich yet moreish and set the standard for the rest of the meal.

For mains the boeuf bourguignon came highly recommended and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The beef was tender and was accompanied by a deliciously smooth mash and red wine sauce. The duck with blackberry sauce with dauphinoise potato was also utter perfection – the meat was rich and crispy on the outside.

To finish we chose the caramel soufflé with rum and raisin ice cream. The dish took 15 minutes to prepare but worth the wait. The trio of chocolate desserts from the Valentines set menu were also divine – and very generous, as are all the beautifully prepared desserts.

What? This is authentic French food at its best. Decent prices, a welcoming décor and fantastic service make it a top chain restaurant.

Why choose Brasserie Blanc? The smart and modern restaurant with warm and welcoming staff is the perfect place for a leisurely lunch or dinner.

Cost: ££

6-12 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HH
01225 303860
www.brasserieblanc.com