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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Contemporary dining with a sea view

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At a glance

Open all year
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

A breath of fresh air on the Margate seafront, Sands Hotel offers a contemporary experience with sweeping views of the sea. The team in the kitchen turn out impressive modern food based on first-class regional ingredients. There are classical foundations to many of the dishes, but there's no shortage of creativity either; example, confit chicken and duck leg terrine, bramley apple chutney, hazelnut toast or Stour Valley venison loin, sweet potato, brussel sprout tops, blackberry jus. The sweet-toothed can end on a high with dark chocolate tart with honeycomb, crème fraiche and sorbet. Dining on the terrace is a fair-weather treat with great views.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef(s): Ross Barden

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern European
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 26
  • Wines over £30: 12
  • Wines by the glass: 9

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 64
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 56
  • Off-site parking available: Car park 100 yards

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A28 to Marine Drive. B2051 in Margate

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