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The Charles Dickens, Broadstairs, Kent

The Charles Dickens

4.3
4.3
1031 Reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
  • Great for scenic views
  • Neighborhood gem
  • Good for groups
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 whilst enjoying the best views of the bay in town.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub, British, English
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 10:00 am–11:00 pm Sat, Sun 9:00 am–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    01843 603040
  • Payment options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Volodymyr Slobodyan
  • Private party facilities
    Mezzanine seating area with views over Viking Bay. Seperate bar and toilet facilities.
  • Private party contact
    Ben Garratt: 01843 603040
  • Neighborhood
    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, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,031 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

1,031 Reviews
  1. Vonnie

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was good but when we had finished eating but were still drinking, different people kept coming round asking if we needed anything else. Eventually we asked for the bill and left sooner than we would have liked.

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  2. AliciaH

    Kent

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual, friendly helpful staff and good menu choices.

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  3. JamesO

    Kent

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always has been and always will be my favourite pub for everything

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  4. Art118

    Kent

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal, staff really friendly and good service

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a table for 2 for Sunday lunch and wine with lovely sea views. Lunch was mid priced rather than budget but in keeping with expectations given the area and surroundings. Service was very good and lunch served extremely quickly on what was a busy day for the establishment. I have eaten here on Sundays in the past when I have gone off piste and ordered "none sunday" type dinners. From my limited experience, they are far better geared up for you to order from the bespoke Sunday choices.

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  6. JulieC

    Kent

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    A little disappointed. I have been many times but Fathers Day didn't live up to expectations. Every reservation I have made I have always asked for a window table but have never been given one, I queried it this time and was simply told we are too busy, not sure what you have to do to sit in a slightly less busy area, we are always sat by a central post with a lot of people walking backwards and forwards to go upstairs. The service was very fast and the staff were all very pleasant and efficient. The appetiser of focaccia was awful, the bread was very dense and did not resemble focaccia, the bread was literally dripping in oil, the waitress was kind enough to replace it with the soup, but I am sorry to say this was also inedible, I was told it was tomato and pepper, I think the chef had an accident with chilli as it was way too spicy and had very little flavour as the spice drowned it. Two of the other starters were acceptable, but a little sprinkling of green salad would have been welcome as they were terribly beige and actually didn't look appetising. Main course was fair, roast beef was excellent, vegetables were overcooked, soggy and had way too much salt in them, Yorkshire batter was solid and dried out, roast potatoes resembled Aunt Bessie's that you buy frozen and again were way too salty. The Chicken was flavourless and tasted as if it had been steamed rather than roasted. I am sorry to say but for the price, £21 for roast beef and £19 for the chicken, was very disappointing and not to the standards that we have had in the past.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic restaurant, fantastic food, fantastic service, looking forward to going back

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  8. BrianS

    Yorkshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience from start to finish Staff were Fantastic Food was excellent

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  9. MariaR

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food , staff and view . Would recommend as a place to eat

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really enjoyed the experience, lovely food and lovely place :)

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FAQs

The Charles Dickens is rated 4.3 stars by 1031 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for The Charles Dickens

Victoria Parade, Broadstairs, Kent CT10 1QS

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Broadstairs
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 10:00 am–11:00 pm Sat, Sun 9:00 am–11:00 pm
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • 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
    Volodymyr Slobodyan
  • Entertainment
    Regular live music in the bar area.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, 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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