If you go
WHERE TO STAY Crescent Victoria Hotel 25-26 Fort Crescent crescentvictoria.co.uk 011-44-1843-230375 Housed in a Victorian terrace within pebble-throwing distance of the sea. Double rooms with breakfast start at $100. Sands Hotel Marine Drive sandshotelmargate.co.uk 011-44-1843-228228 Overlooking Margate Sands, with a good restaurant and outdoor terrace. Doubles from $165. WHERE TO EAT Peter’s Fish Factory 12 Royal York Mansions, the Parade 011-44-1843-292485 A classic chip shop, Peter’s offers good-quality fish and chips but only outdoor seating. $7.40 for a medium cod and chips, enough for all but the largest of appetites. Open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. Cinque Ports 50 Marine Terrace 011-44-1843-295887 cinqueports.co.uk Recently renovated, this roomy pub next to Dreamland promises “classic gastro pub dishes.” In the meanwhile, order a pint of Gadds’ hoppy, dry She Sells Seashells ($4.45) and take a seat on the beachside terrace. Open for lunch and dinner 12 p.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 12 p.m.-10 p.m. Sundays. Closed Mondays. The Bottle Shop 7-8 Marine Dr. 011-44-1843-294069 bottleshop.co.uk In a town full of pubs and micropubs, the Bottle Shop offers a little cosmopolitan sparkle. Try the Italian house lager, Birrificio Italiano Tipopils ($5.70 a pint). Open 4 p.m.-11 p.m. MondayThursday, midday-12 a.m. FridaySaturday and midday-11 p.m. Sundays.
Ziggy’s Rooftop Bar
49 Marine Terrace 011-44-1843-295887 facebook.com/ZIGGYSROOFTOP Another new place next to Dreamland, Ziggy’s is worth the climb up flight and flight of stairs. There are fantastic views of Margate and Dreamland’s neon entrance sign, plus some excellent drinks, including Beavertown’s Neck Oil pale ale ($5.70). Open noon-10 p.m. Thursday-Sunday; Closed Monday-Wednesday.