At this time of year, when the days are at their shortest, I try to escape London for an English weekend away… preferably somewhere cosy and quaint. Kent is the ideal option, most of the county is just an hour from London on the train with long stretches of beach and a calm friendly feel. Everyone seems to be visiting Margate at the moment, but I urge you to consider Deal, home to The Rose Hotel.
The Rose Hotel, Restaurant and Bar opened in May of this year. The grand building has a significant presence on Deal highstreet, which is otherwise occupied by tiny antique shops and cute cafes. With a history of over 200 years, The Rose has always been a place to get a drink or a night’s stay, but thanks to new owners Christopher Hicks and wife Alex Bagner, it is once again the talk of the town.
The eight characterful rooms are each decorated in their own eclectic style… bright headboards, vintage furniture, charming antique details and homely details. We were very happy in Room Nine, the smallest but most colourful, with patterned wallpaper and a bold yellow and pink theme. The bathroom, though small, was perfectly adequate with a powerful walk-in shower and luxurious Austin Austin products.
I would also recommend Room Six which is decorated in nostalgic hues of olive green and pale pink. This bedroom features a vintage bathroom suite, mid-century furniture and a vinyl player for the guest’s enjoyment. And for a pretty sage green bathroom with pretty of natural light opt for Room Seven. Every room has something to make it special, different and memorable.
Breakfast was a simple but delicious affair… strong coffee (from Climpson & Sons) and exemplary bacon and buttery eggs from the local butcher. I can also highly recommend the Sunday lunch, a range of hearty plates (from £12-16 for mains) cooked by talented chef Rachel O’Sullivan, who previously worked at the much-celebrated Towpath Cafe in London.
I have no doubt that with the addition of The Rose Hotel, Deal will soon be a favourite weekend destination for stylish British travellers.
More information and book a room at The Rose in Deal here.