One of the down sides to having a holiday at home is it’s hard to ignore all the little jobs around the house and garden, but I remind myself when we are in France, we try and do a few tasks in the house or garden. A trip to the garage is another chore, but it gives us the opportunity to carry on afterwards. Heading towards the coast with a range of options on my to-do list we decide to stop at Pegwell Bay Country park for a quick coffee. It’s not on the list but it’s somewhere we haven’t visited for years.
When we pull in to the parking area, it is reassuringly the same, only the coffee van has moved from one end of the site to the other. It’s still has a friendly gathering of dog walkers and the coffee and tea is served in with proper mugs, not disposal cups. The view from here stretches out across the marshy bay and the footpaths stretches out tempting me, but I don’t have enough energy for a long walk, so we sit and enjoy the slightly crisp autumn sunshine.
Our next stop is Walmer, or Deal according to the Satnav which is slightly confused by the address. I’m not worried we heading from a cafe that is on the seafront so it shouldn’t be hard to find. When we get there, we’re lucky enough to find a parking space right outside. Unfortunately it is closed on Wednesdays. My to-do list is a little out of date, as they are now open every day apart from today. I’m a bit disappointed but I do have a backup, the Sea Cafe on the Green, which is in walking distance. That is definitely open as I can see people sitting on the benches outside.
The menu is eclectic, with normal breakfast and lunch type sandwiches but also jerk chicken and curried goat. It’s too early in the morning for a big meal so I choose a bacon sandwich, my husband goes for the breakfast bap. Both are delicious, the sandwich is made with thick soft bread and lashing of ketchup, the bap is enormous and messy, with bacon, sausage and egg cooked to just the right consistency. This is a lovely space and surprising quiet, although it is a work day. I imagine on weekends and holidays it gets incredibly busy.
Another success on my visit local list and the up side of a holiday at home, means we can come back soon to try the lunch options. I can’t wait.