Karin’s Column Vegetarian Living British Seaside Special – Thanet! Part 1

February 19, 2013 at 2:35 pm 1 comment

We were so pleased to visit Thanet – A place of vibrant UK history, unusual places to see and rather fab restaurants. The people we spoke to fell in love with the area as young kids and moved when they were adults.

A super place to visit for a long weekend no matter what the weather.

This is my column in the rather fab Vegetarian Living magazine – you pick up up the current edition today or check it out online – we love it!

Here is the PDF version: Karin Margate Veggie Living

Karin x

Vegetarian Living British Seaside 

Out and About

We were invited to Margate in Kent and enjoyed filming and finding some hidden gems. Margate is being revived by passionate locals and people who fell in love with Margate in their youth.

We loved the Shell Groto – nearly 5 million shells decorating hidden tunnels…. No one knows why, when or how. Even more spookier is that many of the shells are from really far away.

The history of Mods and Rockers is in the local Thanet museum – with fantastic photos of 100’s of wonderfully dressed mods on the beach from the 60’s.

I got talking to the “Jurassaric” Mod local who showed me around – the museum was once the court house and he was thrown in the jail and had to walk back to London from Margate the next day.

The images were super and then seeing where all of the action took place was brilliant!

Eating Out

There are 2 super restaurants that you really must visit – The Ambrette and The Minni’s Bar and Restaurant.

Both with gorgeous vegetarian menus that can be adapted for vegans too.

The Minni’s Bar and Restaurant over looks the sea and the head chef Jason looks like he should have his own TV programme.

The menu looks and tastes even better than it sounds – and it sounds wonderful….

Homage to the ground

Simple Dressed House Salad

Roasted Mediterranean Vegetable Tartlet

Homemade Flatbread with Pistou, Tomato & Basil

Poached Local Asparagus with Fresh Herb Oil

Curried Cauliflower Bhaji with Mango Chutney



Wild Mushroom, Artichoke & Leek Risotto

with a Mustard Seed & Sesame Tuille

Crispy Rosti with Puy Lentils, Roasted Beetroot & Garlic,

Baby Vegetables & Roasted Shallot

Crispy Rosti with Olive Oil Greens, Seared Artichokes,

Baby Carrots, Leek & Fennel, Accompanied by a Red Miso Stock



Mango Jelly with Agar

Blackcurrant Sorbet

Kentish Strawberries Poached in Madagascan Vanilla Syrup

White Wine Vinegar Fresh Pickled Raspberries

The service in The Ambrette is quite amazing with every course explained in detail. An unassuming restaurant and according to their website the 5th highest restaurant in the UK. Always a vegetarian menu and the vegan options can be adapted. Beautifully presented and stunning food.

We enjoyed the rather stunning:

Mini Dosas


Kidney Bean Kebabs

Lentil and Lemon Soup with Crispy battered veggies

Aubergine Steak

Chickpea and puff bread

Pear poached in orange, cinnamon and rose.

Both restaurants really care about their clients and with a little notice will be able to create something beautiful and vegan friendly too.

Part 2 of our veggie Seaside special coming soon!

See our film clip of Thanet here!

And the PDF of Veggie Living magazine is here….Karin Margate Veggie Living


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Ruth Joseph  |  February 19, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    looks glorious Karinxxxxxxxxx can’t wait to welcome you to Cardiff love and massive veggie hugs Ruth xxxxxxxx


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