Find this excellent ground-floor café with a more ambitious restaurant above, in a Victorian warehouse, set within a secluded courtyard.
The whole is run by the Leigh family, with Toby in charge of the stoves where he has impressed many, including national newspapers.
The café, with solid pine tables, offers the likes of 'Eggs Benedict'; 'Ham, Bubble & Squeak with Mustard Sauce' and 'Fusilli with Pancett, Radicchio & Chili' or you can just have a cup of coffee from Monmouth (q.v.) while looking at the newspapers. They even have bits & pieces to occupy young children.
The restaurant (see photo) offers more ambitious dishes, but still cooked in a style that allows the flavour of their top-quality ingredients to shine through. This might change a little with each service, but an Early Spring snapshot brought 'Jerusalem Artichoke & Radicchio Risotto with Gremolata'; 'Milts with Rhubarb, Cucumber & Capers'; 'Grilled Squid with Kale & Chili Salsa' and 'Slow Roast Onion with Wild Garlic & Sweetbreads' among the starters.
With 'Brill with Braised Celery, Kale, Salsify & Granville Sauce'; 'Lancashire Hotpot & Purple Sprouting Broccoli with an Oyster or Sweetbread' and 'Roast Guinea Fowl with Roast Vegetables & Red Wine Sauce' listed among the mains.
Puds are tempting, with perhaps 'Rice Pudding with Milk, Jam & Champagne Rhubarb'; 'Chocolate Nemesis with Hibiscus Salt & Crème Fraiche' and 'Pannacotta with either Blood Orange Chocolate Sauce or Rosehip Syrup'.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Café Tues-Sun 9.00-16.00, mains from £5. Restaurant Tues-Sun 12.00-15.00, mains £11-£18
- Dinner: Restaurant Tues-Sat 19.00-21.30, mains £11-£18
- Seats: 50, plus 48 outside
- Wine: a well-chosen list kicks off at £13.60
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible in Cafe
- Nearest station: Ramsgate Rail
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page
- Closed: D Sun, all Mon, 25th & 26th Dec and Tuesday after Bank Holidays
- Outside eating