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The Charles Dickens

4.5
4.5
643 Reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub

Named after probably Broadstairs's most famous previous resident, The Charles Dickens pub and dining rooms in Broadstairs had a complete refurbishment and re opened in the summer of 2012.
This is one of the largest pubs in Broadstairs, with the main bar downstairs and the dining room and bars upstairs commanding excellent views of Viking Bay.
The casual dining experience allows you to take in the relaxed atmosphere of Broadstairs town whilst enjoying the best views of the bay in town.

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Booked 13 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, British, English

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 10:00–23:00
    Sat, Sun 09:00–23:00

  • Phone number

    01843 603040

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    James Coveney

  • Private party facilities

    Mezzanine seating area with views over Viking Bay. Seperate bar and toilet facilities.

  • Private party contact

    Ben Garratt: 01843 603040

  • Area

    Broadstairs

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Less than a 10 minute walk from Broadstairs train station.

  • Entertainment

    Regular live music in the bar area.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 643 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Kent

    Hot Spot

  • Kent

    Scenic View

  • Kent

    Sunday Lunch

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  1. M

    Matt

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service3ambience5

    Sunday roast was very good, vegetables were slightly undercooked but other than that sport on. Everything was decent other than the fact our order went missing in the kitchen. So the food was very delayed but seemed a genuine mistake and these things happen.

  2. B

    Bleakhouse

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Great food, views and service. Will return :) Great place

  3. AJ

    AnthonyJ

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The food was very good and enormous helpings. The service was good and friendly.

  4. KB

    KarenB

    Kent

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    If you want a view with top quality food and service book this lovely restaurant. We were seated upstairs, which has the most magnificent view of Viking Bay.

  5. LS

    LisaS

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely family meal. Sunday roast worth every penny.

  6. A

    Andy

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 January 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great views provided a lovely backdrop to a very enjoyable meal. Staff were friendly and helpful and the food was good too.

  7. P

    Pixie

    Kent

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Another delicious meal at The Dickens we were well looked after and asked for a special table with our favourite view of the bay, which we got all staff very accommodating.

  8. EB

    EdithB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The hospitality was excellent staff very friendly and helpful food and service was also excellent would highly recommend The Charles Dickinsto any one who asks.

  9. LS

    LindaS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great meal, service very good. Been to this Restaurant several times and they never let us down. Eating in the Bar just as good especially if your a people watcher!!

  10. g

    ginaj

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall4food1service3ambience5

    Pork belly meal was mostly fat i did say to waiter but he just said sorry about that and that was it so we just paid and went we have been to the Charles dickens a few times and have always had nice meals dont know if we would go again very disappointing

  11. n

    nikf

    Surrey

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    As always a good meal good service always consistent

  12. JR

    JulieR

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 December 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Efficient, friendly, attentive staff. Food very good and served quickly, will eat there again on future visits to Broadstairs, recommend

  13. S

    Sarah

    Kent

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 December 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    ‘Sharer’ potion of focaccia was very small, 4 small pieces of bread but the main courses were really generous and the food was lovely

  14. MS

    MrsS

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 26 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Booked for Boxing day. This was one of the only places open and bookable for the 26th. Really happy with the menu, portions were big and we sat overlooking the water. The staff were incredible helpful and friendly. Would visit again

  15. M

    Martin

    Kent

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 26 December 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Had a Christmas lunch on Boxing Day looking out over the sea. Food was lovely and the service great.

  16. AH

    AliciaH

    Kent

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were made very welcome and enjoyed a delicious freshly prepared meal. Staff were helpful and friendly.

  17. VJ

    VictoriaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and service ! Would recommend for a Sunday roast

  18. SG

    SallyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    More food than we could manage and good quality. Very pleasantly surprised!

  19. LJ

    LindaJ

    Kent

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Good good and we spent an enjoyable evening both eating and drinking - thoroughly enjoyed ourselves

  20. DN

    DeborahN

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service with a lovely view. Had the fish pie with extra veg - recommended. And a lovely Baileys coffee to finish!

  21. N

    Nutmeg

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Food here is better than the average pub grub, menu changes regularly and always plenty to choose from. Large portions!

  22. A

    Annie

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We decided on the roast, it was absolutely delicious cooked to perfection. The staff are so polite and professional, we had a great afternoon.

  23. PL

    PatriciaL

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely restaurant, clean, staff very polite and attentive. Great food and good menu. Definitely go back. Terrific views in summer

  24. EW

    EliseW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a beautiful meal! We were pleasantly surprised at the standard of the food at this restaurant having not visited before. Staff were very accommodating for our 3 young children. The roast was to die for, will return very soon!!!

  25. JC

    JudeC

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Lovely,reasonably priced pub food,fast service.very good live music.

  26. CC

    CharlesC

    Kent

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 November 2021

    overall3food4service4ambience3

    Good value for money for pub food very helpful staff

  27. RG

    RichG

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect place for a Sunday afternoon roast dinner in cold weather. Great atmosphere, good service and a lovely roast for a reasonable price. 👍🏻

  28. R

    Ratty

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 October 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Excellent nut roast etc.Had to wait a while for meal.Service good and cheerful. Experience slightly marred by table dominated by loud.cackling women May be because it was Halloween. At least they didn,t stay for dessert.

  29. LG

    LeandaG

    Northampton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Drinks pricey but food was lovely. Friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere.

  30. RN

    RosemaryN

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 October 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Lovely place for a catch up food excellent service the same very friendly bar staff . Woukd definitely recommend

    The Charles DickensResponded on 29 October 2021

    Hi Rosemary, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such lovely words! We are very lucky to have such a friendly team here at the Charles Dickens and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Thea

  31. A

    Andy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 October 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Wonderfully friendly staff, great food, little lacking in ambience as we were the only ones in our area

    The Charles DickensResponded on 27 October 2021

    Hi Andy, Thanks so much for your review - we really appreciate it and will take your feedback on board! We hope to welcome you back soon. Kind regards, Thea Restaurant Manager

  32. TB

    TracyB

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such lovely helpful staff. Very attentive. Food very good. Will return

    The Charles DickensResponded on 27 October 2021

    Hi Tracy, Thank you very much for your lovely words. They are greatly appreciated! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Kind regards, Thea Restaurant Manager

  33. F

    Faultless

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Refreshingly genuine and attentive customer service and faultless food

    The Charles DickensResponded on 29 October 2021

    Thank you so much for such kind words about your experience with us. We very much appreciate it and are looking forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Thea

  34. JH

    JeanH

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 October 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Service excellent. Generous portions food. Good value for money. Good sea views.

  35. GS

    GillS

    Kent

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 October 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Portion size very generous, roast potatoes not at all crispy though, and was given the smallest serving of apple sauce ever, about half teaspoon.

  36. SF

    ShannonF

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely food and service and live music after, perfect

  37. SS

    SophieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food, great service, roast dinners are by far the best, shame the ploughman's is off the menu though

  38. NA

    NicolaA

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing staff, delicious food and lovely wine! The best Sunday roast we have ever had and all with fantastic views. Can’t wait to go back!

  39. MB

    MikeB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 September 2021

    overall2food1service4ambience2

    Sadly it wasn't a great experience. Chloe our waitress was very ssweet. But the food really wasn't food at all. Veggie roast was sadly appalling. Crab was ok. Value for money was poor. They did take the veggie roast off the bill and offer alternative but it wasn't worth it. Great view and lovely for a drink. But food didn't match the beauty if Broadstairs and quality of other establishments.

    The Charles DickensResponded on 28 September 2021

    Hi Mike, Thanks for taking the time to leave us some feedback. Once again I am sorry you did not enjoy your food with us on Sunday. I hope the way it was dealt with on the day was satisfactory and I am pleased Chloe was able to offer you good service throughout. If you would like to discuss this further with me please feel free to email me at charlesdickens@thorleytaverns.co.uk. Kind regards, Thea

  40. DB

    DeanB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 September 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Excellent customer service, very accommodating and polite. Food was very good and hot, however two thin slices of beef was a little disappointing.

FAQs

The Charles Dickens is rated 4.5 stars by 643 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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2 people

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Booked 13 times today
Google Map for The Charles Dickens

Victoria Parade Broadstairs, Kent CT10 1QS

  • Area

    Broadstairs

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 10:00–23:00
    Sat, Sun 09:00–23:00

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, British, English

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Less than a 10 minute walk from Broadstairs train station.

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    James Coveney

  • Entertainment

    Regular live music in the bar area.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    01843 603040

  • Private party facilities

    Mezzanine seating area with views over Viking Bay. Seperate bar and toilet facilities.

  • Private party contact

    Ben Garratt: 01843 603040

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