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8 Cliff Terrace Margate Kent CT9 1RU

Forget all you thought you knew about British seaside cafés – Fort's, a hip little spot across the road from Margate's seafront, and just down the road from the Turner Contemporary, brings a certain pared-down urban cool to this offbeat coastal town. Minimal it may be, but the vibe is friendly and the home-cooked food is nothing short of joyful – this is the place to come for a weekend brunch, a simple, tasty all-day affair that ranges from porridge with blood orange and honey to beans on buttered doorstep toast to chorizo sandwiches, "gypsy eggs" and burgers. You could also indulge in one of their home-baked cakes, a hearty soup, or a comforting Sunday lunch that includes such old-school favourites as pie and mash. Fort's also hosts a variety of interesting evening events, including quizzes, supper clubs and book groups.

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