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A Sunny Afternoon in Seaside Deal

August 13, 2019
The pebble beach of Deal, with the Deal pier in the distance.

To Deal or Not to Deal…

Nothing says summertime like spending a little time by the sea. Sunshine, fresh air and maybe a dip if you’re feeling brave! Deal, a lovely little town in Kent, is the perfect day trip! We popped down for a lovely afternoon of slow living and sunshine. It was such a lovely way to spend a few hours that I couldn’t help but want to share!

Ghenet stands on the beach, laughing as her hair and skirt blow in the wind.
An old sailboat sits on the beach, surrounded by fishing equipment, tarps, and various bric-a-brac.
Ghenet holds up a book while sitting on the beach in Deal
The pebble beach of Deal, with the Deal pier in the distance.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We had an early start on the day, and silly us, neglected to eat breakfast. By the time we got there, we were starving. Like slight headache, tummy grumbling, can’t think about anything else hungry. Luckily, I had a few spots bookmarked!

Emma shared on her Stories a few spots she’d visited, and recommended lunch at The Rose. Liv’s guide included The Pop Up Cafe, which we had a look at, and it did look nice! In the end, we opted for breakfast at The Lane, by the same folks who run The Lane Bakery. The food was great, we stuffed ourselves silly, and were finally ready for exploring! 

We also had plans to stop by Middle Street Fish Bar so we could have fish & chips for dinner. If you’re by the seaside, you gotta do it! We didn’t end up going, even though it came highly recommended, mainly because we were still full from our big meal at The Lane!

A Veggie English Breakfast on display.
Mr. Actually enjoys a cup of tea
Nothing says summertime like spending an afternoon by the seaside. Deal, a lovely little town in Kent, is the perfect day trip!
Storefronts on the high street in Deal.
A pretty street in Deal, with pastel houses and a blue sky

Off To Explore...

After we finished breakfast, we went exploring! Deal is a beautiful little town, and it’s on the quite and sleepy side which honestly added to the charm. We headed down to the beach for a bit, before wandering through the streets and seeing what was around! 

There were some really cool shops on the high street, of the more independent type (which you know I’m a fan of!). We popped into The Hoxton Store and Smuggler’s Records, and peeked in the windows of lots of other shops too. It certainly had the feel of a small, supportive community!

The history of the town was pretty interesting as well! All over Deal, you’ll find plaques sharing the history of the town, and it really is fascinating!

A pretty street in Deal, with a historical plaque at the forefront, with pastel houses and a blue sky
Smuggler's Records in Deal, part vintage record shop part bar. Records on display and vintage posters and cover art on the walls.

A bit of history, sweet little cottages and houses painted pastel colors? Safe to say Deal was ticking all of the boxes! Once the sun came out from behind the clouds, it really came into it’s own as well. 

We were endlessly tickled by the nautical themed names of houses, and the door knockers that just added more and more character and charm. Then, we headed back down to the beach to make the most of the sunshine! 

A pretty street in Deal, with pastel houses and a blue sky
Close up of a door knocker shaped like a ship with billowing sales, on a pastel green door.
The exterior of Hoxton Store
The exterior of the King's Head Pub, covered in bright colorful flowers,
A view of Deal's seafront from the pier.
Ghenet stands at the end of a pier, looking out to sea.
An old sailboat sits on the beach, surrounded by fishing equipment, tarps, and various bric-a-brac.
A statue on the seafront of a fisherman and his catch.

Happy as a Clam

We wandered down the pier, which while unassuming compared to, say, Brighton Pier, does offer up some lovely views of Deal. It’s a popular fishing spot, and we could see all the way to the white cliffs of Dover. 

We walked by Deal Castle, admired the row of old fishing boats that had set up shop at the seafront. We even popped into the penny arcade, which felt like we’d stepped right back in time. A full dose of nostalgia for sure! And after relaxing on the beach for another hour or two, we finished up our trip with a refreshing drink at the King’s Head! 

It’s funny, seeing it written down, it doesn’t sound like we got up to much, but sometimes, that’s the point, isn’t it? A lovely afternoon in a quiet seaside town, just seeing where the wind takes us? Just what the doctor ordered! Plus, it was on my summer bucket list! I’d definitely recommend a visit to Deal if you’re looking for a day trip or even a nice quiet weekend away!

The pebble beach in Deal.
The pebble beach of Deal, with the Deal pier in the distance.
Ghenet stands on the beach, laughing as her hair and skirt blow in the wind.

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