Top places to live in Kent Deal
Definitely one that’s on the up-and-up. While recent years have brought artists, gentrifiers and Londoners aplenty there’s still a salty-old-sea dog ruggedness about the place. Think trendy coffee shops alongside higgledy-piggledy seafront houses. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
Located on the south Kent coast between Ramsgate and Dover, Deal is a worthy contender for being one of the coolest beach towns in the county. Think colourful buildings, seafront promenade, lots of indie shops, antique stores and handsome Georgian properties in the sought after conservation area.
No shortage in fine-food options here. Technically closer to France than London, it should come as no surprise that there is a deli in Deal selling a mouth-watering selection of French cheeses, olives, cold meats, freshly baked breads and quiches – called the No Name Shop.
Looking for the best brunch in town? Don’t miss this fab eaterie at the end of Deal’s iconic pier with beautiful water views, Deal Pier Kitchen.
Alternatively, head to 81 Beach Street, a fine-dining restaurant by the beach who have some of the best local produce and suppliers. Want to push the boat (and waistline) out? Then book a table at Frog&Scot, a French bistro situated in the heart of Deal. Or we also love Victuals & Co for cool, contemporary dining.
Do not miss the Hoxton Store to browse a wide range of fabulous home wear items, including Moorish rugs and brightly-coloured velvet cushions, plus they are also specialists in Vintage style lighting and components so you can create your own unique lighting arrangements.
There’s also Dunlin & Diver a gallery and shop, selling contemporary, art, crafts and homewares from local to up-and-coming and well-known artists and designers.
Mileage, a vintage emporium, is also a must-do for browsing as it contains a treasure-trove of items that you really didn’t think you needed until you clocked eyes on it in this dusty showroom full of electric pieces. Or for bespoke jewellery designers, Rees and Rees are a father and daughter collaboration with over 25 years’ experience.
In true Kent-coast, hipster-style Deal has a lively art scene with galleries and exhibitions, modern restaurants and café culture.
Don’t Walk Walk is an independent art-run gallery boasting a ‘punk rock’ ethic and strong desire to offer something a little different. Or there’s Taylor Jones & Son run by a husband and wife team who have put together a cutting-edge space where you can browse recognized artists such as Ned Kelly and Richard Friend as well as snap up prints, artefacts and curiosities for yourself.
Don’t miss contemporary art gallery Linden Hall Studio which features a dedicated rolling exhibition space, they’re also featuring someone cool and exciting. Plus there’s Will & Yates bringing together art and interiors with pieces for the home and garden, textiles, ceramics and even skincare. Oooh we like!
There’s also two castles to explore! Deal Castle which is one of the finest Tudor artillery castles in England, and a must see on your visit to the quirky seaside town of Deal! And Walmer Castle once a Tudor artillery fortress that became a stately-home. Explore over eight acres of award-winning gardens, see the kitchen garden bursting with fresh fruit and vegetables, play in the Natural Play Area and stroll through the wildflower meadows and woodlands.
There’s a particularly lovely trail is from Deal to Walmer, six miles of a gentle coastal walk suitable for all ages and abilities, taking in beaches and castles along the way.
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For independents, you’ve got the wonderful Wellesley House (read the Muddy review here) along the coast in Broadstairs or Dover College that goes right the way through from 3 – 18 years (read the Muddy review here).
There’s also Northbourne Park School – a Day and Boarding prep school for Nursery to 13-year-olds – just outside Deal itself.
And for Secondary there’s Sir Roger Manwood’s Grammar School, up the road in Sandwich – it’s a co-ed grammar which is both a day school and one of the few state boarding schools in England. There are also excellent Boys and Girls individual grammar schools in Dover.
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Location for TV show Liar and while the storyline was pretty dark, there’s no denying the rugged beauty of the landscape. Locals and visitors alike both love Deal Pier Kitchen, the seafront eatery with a view – they do great Supper Clubs too.
Fast trains from Deal can take you into London, St Pancras International, on the high-speed rail in less than an hour and a half, slower trains can take more like 2 hours.
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