Joe Ellis'
English Tea Room Guide
Ramsgate, English Tea Rooms
☕☕☕ Recommended
The Home Front Tea Room
13a King Street, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 8NN
Telephone: 01843 594383

The Home Front Tea Room is located right in the heart of Ramsgate and will take you back to 1940s and down memory lane.

Themed as a 1940s tea room, you will be warmly welcomed by lovely staff members. The atmosphere in very pleasant and comforting. Tables, dressers and the counter really are reflective of old times. Even an old black and white 1940s television is playing during opening hours.

Light lunches, cakes, crumpets and a selection of teas and other beverages are offered, and the old music make the visit well worth the travel. Indeed, I have visited twice and will return very soon.

To give you a feel of this rather quaint English tea room, I have included some photos, leaflet and a video.

Although the sun was out beaming on both of my visits, this tea room would be cosy in bad weather, but take an umbrella..!

I can recommend this English tea room. Parking can be tricky, but paid on-street parking is close by.

Ramsgate is a seaside town in the district of Thanet in East Kent, England. It was one of the great English seaside towns of the 19th century. In 2001 it had a population of around 40,000. Ramsgate's main attraction is its coastline, and its main industries are tourism and fishing. The town has one of the largest marinas on the English south coast, and the Port of Ramsgate provided cross-channel ferries for many years.
Ramsgate began as a fishing and farming hamlet.

The Christian missionary St Augustine, sent by Pope Gregory the Great, landed near Ramsgate in 597AD. The town is home to the Shrine of St Augustine.

The earliest reference to the town is in the Kent Hundred Rolls of 1274-5, both as Remmesgate (in the local personal name of 'Christina de Remmesgate') and Remisgat (with reference to the town). The names Ramisgate and Raunsgate appear in the parish of St. Laurence records circa 1290. These are all derived from late Anglo-Saxon 'Hremmes' from earlier 'Hræfnes' (raven's) and 'geat' (gate), with reference to the gap in the cliffs. In 1357, the area became known as Ramesgate.

Ramsgate was a member of the Confederation of Cinque Ports, under the 'Limb' of Sandwich, Kent.

The construction of Ramsgate Harbour began in 1749 and was completed in about 1850. The harbour has the distinction of being the only Royal Harbour in the United Kingdom. Because of its proximity to mainland Europe, Ramsgate was a chief embarkation point both during the Napoleonic Wars and for the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940.

☕☕☕ Recommended
Corby's Tea Rooms
18-20 York St, Ramsgate, CT11 9DS
Telephone: 01843 586078

Corby's Tea Rooms sits in the middle of Ramsgate town centre opposite Wilkinson's. Ramsgate is a seaside town on the Isle of Thanet in East Kent. It was one of the great English seaside towns of the 19th century and is a member of the ancient confederation of Cinque Ports. It has a population of around 40,000.

Well, I have known the existence of Corby's in Ramsgate for nearly 15 years now as the owner, Pat Corby was the landlady of the local Elephant & Castle pub in Ramsgate, a pub my father (now passed over) regularly visited before being banned by Pat's husband! Pat sold the pub and later brought premises and opened Corby's Tea Room, although I must confess that I have never visited it before, as my father told me Pat opened a café and I would not mention the word café to Pat, as she does not like her tea rooms being described as a café and you are likely to be hit!

I visited Corby's Tea Rooms one Saturday early afternoon. I have been told over that the tea room is Thanet's best, so I decided to drive over after helping out in Sandra's karate class in Canterbury in the morning.

I wanted to sit in front of the tea room and people watch through the large glass windows. However, the place was very busy and the four tables available at the front were not cleared of used crockery, plates and cups from the previous customers, so the young waitress asked me to wait while she cleared a table and cleaned it. She returned five minutes later and asked what I wanted to order and I informed her that I had not been given a menu; one promptly arrived.

Corby's is a large tea room made up of wooden tables and chairs sat on a wooden floor. The walls were two-tone, top being cream and the bottom light pink divided by a wooden dado rail. It has a large counter with a large cake display in a glass cabinet displaying a large selection of cakes. The menu was full of items to choose from and I had a jacket potato and chicken curry filling. The potato was very large and the chicken was lovely and chunky and I had a pot of tea in a floral cup with saucer and the cup sat on a nicely presented paper mat. At the table next to me, two elderly ladies were discussing their lovely meal and drinks and were obviously happy.

There were a couple of annoying things though, two light bulbs were out which bugged me, but the most annoying was the chef, calling out 'TABLE 2' and 'TABLE 3' to the waitress loudly, which was an irritation, as was the loud noises of clattering crockery waiting to be washed up. The atmosphere was pleasant enough but the view looked straight at Wilkinson's side wall.

I can recommended Corby's Tea Room although parking is a nightmare at weekends in Ramsgate and my advice would be to park up half a mile away and walk, or pay for parking only seconds away from the tea room.

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