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.
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.
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.
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.
Nelson Crescent, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 9JF