insideKENT Magazine Issue 49 - April 2016 - Page 103

TOWNSPOTLIGHT Deal cont. things to do Deal Castle Part of English Heritage, Deal Castle is a beautiful building right in the middle of town – it’s surprisingly close to the day-to-day goings on around it, but no less interesting or lovely for all that. Built by the order of King Henry VIII it is one of the finest Tudor artillery castles in England, and among the earliest and most elaborate of a chain of coastal forts. Today you can explore the whole of the castle, from the storerooms to the first-floor captain’s residence. Deal Pier There has been a pier at Deal since 1838, although thanks to storm damage, sandworm, and general decay, there have been three in total, each one built a little better than the last. Visit the current – and longest lasting – Deal Pier to see the John Buck sculpture, ‘Embracing The Sea’, and for a meal and drink in the café. The pier is also excellent for fishing, and since 2008 has been recognised as an international angling venue, and won Pier of the Year in 2008. The Deal Maritime & Local History Museum The Deal Maritime & Local History Museum is housed on one of the last industrial sites left in Deal, and it shows exactly how properties and land developed over the years. In the past, the site was housing, a series of workshops, and the place where Willard Sawyer used to store his velocipedes – which were the original bicycle! With so much history in the area, and even in the building itself, the museum is a must-see when in Deal. Betteshanger Country Park This beautiful spot is open to all, and has myriad activities to get involved in, as well as being a peaceful place to take a picnic and enjoy a family walk. With a two-mile tarmac cycle track, leisure paths for cycling and walking, established woodlands, wetlands and reed beds full of wildlife, bike hire, orienteering, archery, fossiling, geocaching, and den building, one day just isn’t enough to experience everything Betteshanger Country Park has to offer. Deal Timeball Tower Museum Located directly on the seafront, this striking building is unmissable. The museum features information on the history of Deal, and the displays are especially informative about the semaphore signals that were sent across the coast; the tower itself used to be a semaphore tower. Walmer Castle Another English Heritage site, located not far from Deal centre, Walmer Castle is a charming Tudor castle by the sea. As well as the castle (in which you can see the very first pair of Wellington boots), there are eight magnificent acres of grounds to explore. Deal Castle © Visit Kent, www.visitkent.co.uk dining out Victuals & Co The food at Victuals & Co is a combination of flavours, cuisines, and ingredients that go to make some of the most interesting and flavoursome dishes you can find. The team creates both classic and eclectic dishes, taking inspiration from global food cultures and the best culinary traditions. Food includes pan-seared scallops with carrot achar, cauliflower rice, and black sesame seed; Kentish roe deer ballotined and pankoed braised shoulder with dauphinoise potatoes, red cabbage, kale, and celeriac; and new season rhubarb and ginger flapjack with white chocolate and a ginger shard. 81 Beach Street A cross between a restaurant and a bistro, 81 Beach Street offers an unforgettable eating experience. The menu includes scrumptious dishes such as grilled halloumi, spiced cashew nut and spring onion salad; shredded pork and chorizo risotto; herb crusted halibut with gratin potatoes, creamed leeks and a caper dressing; and home-smoked pheasant breast with celeriac remoulade and a hazelnut dressing. The Lane The Lane caters for a diverse crowd but also for a variety of needs. Whether you fancy something to eat, freshly ground coffee, a dinner date or one of their outrageously good cakes and "Embracing the Sea" Deal Timeball Tower Museum © Harold Wyld 103