THE ROSE, DEAL
From spit and sawdust to seaside chic, a former run down old boozer on the Kent coast has been revamped and renovated into a stylish bar and restaurant with rooms
Slap bang on High street, a couple of roads back from Deal seafront and pier.
A red velvet curtain at reception conceals the staircase leading to 8 characterful en suite bedrooms, each with their own distinct style, from £100 per night.
Our room, number 4, was painted a sultry navy blue, with sliding doors into the bathroom featuring an aubergine coloured roll top bath, oversized shower, a super king bed with grand velvet headboard, rattan sideboard, chintz armchairs, a selection of art books and magazines and a record player with a small selection of vinyl. There was no TV, which I for one loved. We brought along some faves from our own record collection and a bottle of champagne. Nothing more needed.
Outside of our room in the hallway was a side board with a kettle, milk, teabags and a coffee machine so you can help yourself to a morning cuppa before heading back to bed.
Rachel O'Sullivan of Polpo and The Towpath Cafe in London heads up the kitchen with seasonal, British comfort food with a twist. Breakfast is included in the room rate and offers a generous selection of dishes alongside Climpson & Sons coffee and morning papers. We enjoyed classics like warm, flakey croissants, golden scrambled eggs and crispy bacon roll with rhubarb ketchup one morning as well as fried eggs with caramelised sage and chilli butter on sourdough toast the next day.
Super comfortable, luxurious beds, gorgeous Austin Austin bath and body products and a powerful in room fan for warm Summer nights.
Sleeping with the window open. The proximity to the church and sea means that chiming bells and squawking gulls feature heavily as a soundtrack, so if you're a light sleeper remember to pack ear plugs.
There's a rose garden at the rear with an elevated terrace, a sweet little sun trap to enjoy drinks at the end of the day.
The bar and restaurant is closed on Mon/Tues other than to serve breakfast to hotel guests.
The Rose, 91 High Street, Deal, Kent, CT14 6ED
Deal train station is a 5 minute walk from The Rose, high speed trains run from London St Pancras in just 1 hour 20 minutes.
There's no parking at The Rose but a 3 minute walk away you'll find a car park at St George's just off West Street. Max stay 24 hours.