insideKENT Magazine Issue 49 - April 2016 - Page 104

TOWNSPOTLIGHT Deal cont. Deal Festival © Steve Wakefield cocktails, it’s all here so look no further. The Lane is relaxed and chilled, and the food is excellent. Dishes include meat and fish mezze, various hot or cold sandwiches, a massive allday breakfast, an astonishing array of burgers, and a great selection of shakes and floats to wash it all down with. The Court Yard Oyster Bar & Restaurant This is where those who are passionate about fine food created with a seasonal menu and the freshest ingredients can really let their taste buds have a treat. Customers can dine indoors, or under the stars and open sky, weather permitting, in a relaxed atmosphere. The menu boasts some truly mouth-watering delights including fresh oysters (shucked to order), roasted cod on Mediterranean vegetables, chargrilled chicken with garlic and lemon, and the impressive ‘Grand Sunday Luncheon’. The Dog House The Dog House is a gourmet hot dog restaurant, and it really is something special. Hot dogs include The British Bulldog (homemade chilli beef in a sub served with sour cream and topped with cheddar cheese), the Classic Frankfurter (prime cuts of pork marinated in herbs and spices and lightly smoked), and The Porker (slow smoked premium pulled pork in a brioche sub), as well as some tasty desserts and shakes. Deal Beach annual events Deal Festival of Music & The Arts // July The beautiful and historic surroundings of Deal, Sandwich and Dover within England's south coast are the backdrop to an annual festival that celebrates great classical and contemporary music from some of the world's finest musicmakers, as well as literature, theatre, opera, cinema, dance and the visual arts. 2016 marks the festival’s 34th anniversary. Deal Carnival // July There has been a carnival in one form or another in Deal since 1826, and today the Deal Carnival is going strong. With a large family friendly funfair, stalls, plenty of food and drink, entertainment, and the crowing of the Regatta Queen and her court, this is a great way to enjoy the town. Kent Miners’ Festival // Aug Held on the August bank holiday each year, this free event in Betteshanger Country Park welcomes thousands of people. Here you can fine stalls, food, games, music, a dog show, the Kent Coal Queen, and plenty more to enjoy on a great day out. The Smugglers Festival // Sep This fabulous outdoor festival includes woodland camping, daytime acoustic sessions, workshops, 104 talks, yoga, dance, late night DJs and music, a woodland sauna, ceilidhs, and plenty of activities for the children. top spot Deal Beach is popular all year round. This long pebble beach which ends with the magnificent pier is a lovely place for a relaxing stroll; it’s a place to find some peace and quiet, and it certainly doesn’t disappoint on that front. There is good fishing available here, and it’s possible to swim in the sea (although it’s going to be cold!). And thanks to the disabled facilities, everyone has a chance to enjoy it. did you know? When Captain James Cook, the British explorer who discovered Australia, returned from that fateful voyage in 1771, his first steps on English soil were at Deal.