The closest airports are London Gatwick and Heathrow, both around two hours’ drive from the hotel.
Deal has its own station. If you’re coming from the capital, you can hop onto a high-speed service from St Pancras International, which takes around 90 minutes. If you’re in the mood for a leisurely journey, the regular service leaves from London Bridge, taking an hour longer.
You won’t need your car in Deal itself, but it’s worth having one if you want to explore the Kentish countryside and nearby seaside towns. There’s parking within a few minutes’ walk of the hotel.
Worth getting out of bed for
The fine-tuned balance of antique, retro and contemporary design in the lounge makes it all too enticing to kick back – and when you've got Kentish ales, English sparkling wines and killer cocktails within arm’s reach, you may find the hours slip by faster than you expected. It’s worth dragging yourself away, however, as Deal High Street has won acclaim for the number of its independent boutiques – don’t miss Smugglers Records for a bit of crate digging, galleries Don’t walk walk and Linden Hall Studio for a taste of the homegrown art scene, and Mileage, Fleming’s and Delpierre for antique and retro homeware. If you’ve got a car, further cultural hits can be found in Margate, home to the Turner Contemporary and Carl Freedman’s Counter Editions, the gallery that supplied the some of the artwork at the Rose. Make the most of the sea air on the walk between Deal and Sandwich, once home to the Earl who inspired the eponymous snack. You’ll pass the River Stour, have views of the chalky coastline at Ramsgate and cross the grassy dunes of the Royal St George’s Golf Course, the inspiration behind St. Mark’s, which James Bond plays on in Ian Fleming’s Dr. No. Deal’s beaches are pebbly, so if you prefer to bask on sand, you might want to head up the coast to Ramsgate or nearby Broadstairs, home to Botany Bay, a stretch of sand bounded by Kent’s chalk-white cliffs. If you’ve never been, now’s a good chance to see fit in a visit to Canterbury Cathedral, around 20 minutes’ drive from Deal. The building needs no introduction, but yellow-sashed guides are on hand to impart its lesser-known history.
If you’re on the hunt for brunch or a light lunch, stop in at local favourite the Popup Café – as the name suggests, its very presence stands as proof of its popularity. Originally intended as a summer project project, the café wooed residents with its flaky pastries and fresh sourdough to such an extent that the owners were convinced to put down roots for good. If you prefer a more traditional setting, the Black Douglas Coffee House is an equally worthy place for a sandwich or a slice of cake. For a laid-back lunch or dinner, try Frog and Scot, a Francophile bistro run by husband-and-wife team Benoit (the frog) and Sarah (the Scot). Chef David Gadd spent six years at The Sportsman, a Michelin-starred gastropub in nearby Seasalter, so there’s certainly no lack of talent in the kitchen. If the brilliant bistro fare at Frog and Scot persuades you to pay a visit to Gadd’s old stomping ground, bear in mind you’ll need to book weeks, if not months, in advance. Back in Deal, Victuals and Co have scaled up the small plates trend, offering nine of their ‘medium plates’ each night – you just need to choose whether you want three, four or five. Another novel option is the Dining Club, which is made up of several Georgian dining rooms, making a meal feel more like a private dinner. Head chef Scott knows no bounds when it comes to the variety of cuisine – over the course of a month, the menu could start in Britain, make its way through Europe and end in the Far East. You’ll need a membership to book, which costs £10 and lasts a year.
You won’t find a local bar that does a better cocktail than the Rose, but if you’re determined to play away for an evening, don’t miss pint-sized wine bar Le Pinardier. It’s owned by Frenchman Benoit (one half of the Frog and Scot), who has more than a decade’s experience working in the wine and champagne industry. For a true taste of Kent, order a glass of Chapel Down, a sparkling wine that can hold its own among the big name champagnes.