History abounds in the UK, and Kent is no exception. The coastal town of Deal fits right in with history and tradition soaked into the quaint cobbled streets and winding passages that weave themselves throughout from the high street to the waterfront. It’s said that Julius Caesar himself first landed in Britain at Deal in 55BC – historical, to be sure. If that weren’t enough of a name-dropper, there are two castles that were built by Henry VIII – one shaped like the Tudor Rose in town and Walmer Castle, the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports’ traditional home.
There are many pubs, ale houses and restaurants throughout Deal – it is a natural based on the tourism and placement. Unique shops, boutiques and many other offerings that cater to both locals and visitors are packed into this interesting bit of the Kent coast. Sitting right amidst the history and shopping along high street, steeped with atmosphere sits the Hythe Bay Seafood restaurant – a five star rated jewel with an Art Deco feel. Unique and colorful furniture, early 20th century photos of the town, and soothing palms decorate this scenic and beautiful restaurant that is modernly cooled for comfort and a respite for everyone when the summer heat closes in around the town. Plenty of parking is available at hand and the newly built restaurant is fully handicap-accessible.
Spend the day wandering the streets and shops of Deal or touring the fascinating historical sights, then join other diners and the wonderful staff of the Hythe Bay for a dinner you’ll be hard-pressed to match anywhere. Of course, like many restaurants in Deal, seafood is the star being in a prime location to highlight the fruits of the sea that are caught and presented for the head chef daily – only the most prime selections are chosen for preparation and presentation at the Hythe Bay. Sit at any of the comfortable tables throughout the restaurant and enjoy spectacular views of the waterfront with its boats coming and going on the water.
The menu is full of well-known and loved seafood favorites such as the fish and chips or the local favorite, fish pie however there are many choices that are unique offerings that you would love to taste. Try an appetizer of Monkfish Medallions or the Scallop Gratin – both unique dishes that make a break from the more widely known Calamari or Prawn Cocktail. Your entree might be the Grilled Seabass or lovely and traditional Whole Dover Sole.
For the non-seafood diners in your group, try the Pan Fried Duck Breast or Pork Sausage and Mash or a vegetarian favorite, Wild Mushroom and Chestnut Risotto. With a carefully selected bottle of fine wine that is guaranteed to compliment the meal, you have dined well on the wonderful flavors and textures of the Hythe Bay. Children are always welcome and have their own unique and well-prepared menu, so no one is left out of the Hythe Bay experience. Top it off with the Chocolate Marquise or a traditional Sticky Toffee Pudding with a cup of flavorful coffee – you might need a lift back to your hotel, but it will have been worth it.