When we arrived for our whistle stop tour of the small but perfectly formed town we were blown away, both physically (the wind was howling) and metaphorically. The people were all so friendly, charismatic, vibrant and full of the joys of Deal, even in the rain and wind. This place can officially be called cool.
“‘An authentic slice of old-school British seaside,” said one friend.
“Less hectic in high season than its Margate and Whitstable neighbours up the coast,” said another.
“Loads of stylish indie shops,” said the one who knows my weakness for retail therapy.
“A fabulous place to live – whether full time or just for weekends”, said a trusted friend of a friend that lives in North London Monday to Friday the hops on a train at Kings Cross and is in her gorgeous place in Middle Street in under 1hr 20 mins. (lucky thing!)
In the narrow Georgian streets of Deal’s old centre, plaques tell the story of the seaside town’s colourful past. Once a busy port and notorious smugglers’ haven. It was home to 365 pubs, one for every day of the week (sounds like Mr C’s idea of heaven). Now Deal High Street has won acclaim for the number of its independent boutiques – don’t miss Will & Yates for a spot of antique and homeware shopping or the beautiful Linden Hall Studio for a taste of the homegrown art scene.
If you’re on the hunt for brunch or a light lunch, stop in at local favourite The Pier Cafe – as the name suggests, it’s stated at the end of Deal Pier. The vibe is chilled and the food is incredible, the service is with a smile and the viewer are amazing. We also popped in to Smugglers Records which have a unique set up selling records as well as serving nice coffee! Smaller version of Rough Trade kinda thing…
You won’t find a local bar that does a better cocktail than The Rose – the stunning pub and boutique hotel owned by the uber stylish former design editor of Wallpaper* magazine and her impressive landlord husband (the great-grandson of the brewers that had once owned the pub). Mrs C enjoyed a Margarita with smoked Pear and Mr C tucked into an Old Fashioned Negroni, both were of the highest cocktail order.
Deal packs a punch and we would love to call it home. It is small, and has everything you could want. The people are lovely and the atmosphere is bubbling with excitement for an exciting future whilst all nodding to the colourful past.