The Charles Dickens

4.2
502 Reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
Named after probably Broadstairs' 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.

Due to COVID-19 regulations, we are asking you to book a table if you wish to come to The Charles Dickens. Please state whether you are drinking in the bar or wish to eat in the restaurant.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 502 people are saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.3
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4.0
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4.2
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJimmyG
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pub. Friendly staff, fantastic food and a good selection of drinks

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AliciaH
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, comfortable seating, terrific food. Great location by the sea.
Always a good venue to enjoy oneself.

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viplady
London
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place and food

JH
JamesH
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excllent food and prime location.
Only criticism is the furniture/decor is a bit plain/dated and doesn’t do the venue or food justice.

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CharlesB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

An enjoyable lunch with the usual high standard of services. One drawback - the gammon was far too salty and had this not been the case it would have been very good.

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Mathew
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have eaten here several times for breakfast and lunch and each time it has been really good

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Wendy
Kent
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Remember to book but seafood is well worth it
we go regularly and have never been disappointed

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NicolaM
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Best fish and chips. Tables a little close to the next (where we were sat) in light of covid-19. Other tables were empty so didn't make sense to be so close to another family as was the case with us. But the food and drinks are great, good value for money.

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MarthaN
Kent
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience, lovely view. Thank you very much!

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ElisaT
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The fish platter and fish pie were amazing . Fish pie had generous chunks of fish , both meals very generous on portion size . Work every penny . Looked forward to the berry crumble but was disappointed as it literally had a table spoon of crumble /oats and a big bowl of the fruit . The best part of crumble is the topping and it was missing . Service was very good , friendly , attentive . A very pleasant meal .

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ChrisL
Surrey
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, best fish pie ever, great & friendly staff

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Franko
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

It's a pub. You can see the sea. Food was pub food nothing more.

Currently table service only. Had service actually checked on us occasionally we would have spent at least £10 more. But they didn't.

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Bernard
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Admittedly it was a Sunday evening Dinner booking but I feel a little disappointed. It asks for any special requests during the booking process but no mention was made of the birthday stated, the dish chosen was dry and obviously reheated and the staff just seemed eager for the end of shift. I don’t like giving a negative review but I don’t think our visit on Sunday was very good. Perhaps an earlier time of dining would have bought about a more positive review.

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CraigS
Kent
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You smashed it, it was banging ...

Will be back for sure

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service and great food. Highly recommend

RR
RayR
Kent
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent breakfast and service. Obviously quiet surroundings at the moment but overall a very pleasant experience.

RB
RBRB
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

We booked the restaurant, but due to it being quite we had our meal downstairs in the pub.

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Harbz
Kent
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate there twice and ive recommended to a friend. Will definitely be back in the future.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy Sunday Roast for 4

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Hannah
London
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

No social distancing at all, left straight away.

MT
MariannaT
Kent
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience1

This pub describes itself as a gastro pub, but it’s more like a carvery. There’s very little about it that says gastro pub! Very dated interiors, with no soul

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KHKing
Kent
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous meal here and felt safe considering the current Covid issues.
The baked cod and chorizo was delicious as was my panda cotta dessert.
Our party of 6 all went home happy and would recommend this to everyone.

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katieb
London
14 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I hadn’t been for years and never to the upstairs restaurant.. service was good and views wonderful. Food nothing adventurous as such but staple dishes done well. Large portions and very very tasty.

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Mathew
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, good service ! We have breakfast quite regularly and it never let's us doen

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PatrickB
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been enjoying visiting the Charles Dickens during day trips to Broadstairs for many years, the experience has always been very good and our latest visit which was the first since the coronavirus pandemic was no exception.
I booked a table online as it was the occasion of my sisters birthday and did not want to leave it to chance. The service was all from the table and was efficient and helpful, an excellent range of drinks is available and the food menu extensive but not too overwhelming. As always the quality of the food throughout (we all had three courses) was excellent.

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Jalloppis
Kent
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

All good with everything

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DaveO
Kent
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food, great service, could have beena little more room between tables and winows doors could have been opened to create ventilation but felt safe and welcoming with freindly staff

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NadiaH
Kent
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food, great service. Clean. I would definitely recommend.

JL
JulietL
Kent
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The fridge noise was awful, high pitched noise . Not so good

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NatalieM
Kent
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food , the best fish pie I’ve ever had and vegetables selection was good .waitresses were friendly and efficient. Covid procedures in place felt very safe

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MichaelC
Kent
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Regularly eat Breakfast in this Restaurant, food always good and staff friendly and helpful.

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SallyE
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a good meal at The Charles Dickens. Would thoroughly recommend it.

CN
ChrisN
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent location. Greeted with a smile. Table request honoured with a perfect sea view. Food very good and well presented. Would highly recommend.

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TerryK
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good meal and very good covid compliance. Bonus was 25% off Monday to Wednesday which we only found out about on arrival.

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LindaT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Pleasant Sunday lunch, sitting upstairs with a view of the sea. Service & food good. One criticism is that although there was plenty of rare beef & roast spuds, there was v little in the way of green or other veg - one small parsnip, small ramekin of cauliflower cheese, only one small carrot & a couple of green spinach(?) leaves wrapped round the carrot. Prefer veg to outweigh the meat & carbs. When asked if everything was OK, I commented on the lack of veg, & hoped we might be offered extra - we weren't. My friend had lamb, which was too pink for her, it would’ve been good if offered the choice of how rare we wanted the meat (luckily, the rarer the better for me). More veg please!

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Noodlemouse
London
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Not the warmest of welcomes by female waitress. Food very average. Mussels were amazing and huge. Very little social distancing tables were packed in tight.

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SueB
London
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good family dining experience and friendly service.

MA
MorounkeA
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This was one of the places recommended and it didn’t disappoint. The food was really good, particularly the chilly squid. Staff very friendly and efficient service.

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ElizabethG
London
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Friendly staff and food was delicious.. we had a window seat table but it was quite dark but can imagine in the summer months the view being lovely!
The only criticism was there was quite a long wait between our starters and main meal but otherwise an extremely pleasant dinner experience!

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StephenW
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food and service good, but not great. I was concerned that social distancing was not managed very well as one customer was at about 1m away from me, albeit he had his back to me. Could and should have managed space better.

FAQs

The Charles Dickens is rated 4.2 stars by 502 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 reservations at the moment.