Dinner By The Sea: Cinque Ports, Margate

If you’ve spent the day re-living your childhood at Margate’s Dreamland park, Cinque Ports is the perfect spot for a bit of grown-up dining and drinking. The autumn menu offers simple ideas with a creative twist – and the cocktails are to die for!

The Cinque Ports gastropub itself is steeped in Margate history – a sea-facing haunt for the mods and rockers of the 1960s. Since then, it’s been refurbished to create a sleek, shabby-chic inspired venue with an open kitchen and ample space for enjoying a drink or some dinner. During the summer months, you can even sit outside and watch the sun set as you breathe in fresh sea air.

The kitchen’s focus is on using local and seasonal produce, offering classic gastro pub dishes with continental influences. And the dishes on the autumn menu are impressively diverse.

Bread basket at Cinque Ports, Margate

Fresh from the Scenic Railway rollercoaster ride, we rolled in with windswept hair, quickly ordering up a Bramble Collins cocktail – the adult antidote to a day of youthful exuberance. Some of the best bread I’ve ever had in a restaurant made its way to the table, quickly dipped in a balsamic oil and scoffed down. Olives too, which I ate the ENTIRE bowl off. And some of our neighbours’ too. Oops.

My spiced whitebait starter (£6) was impressively large. Whole whitebait fish, deep fried in breadcrumbs – super crisp and satisfying. I couldn’t quite manage the whole portion, and I’d definitely recommend this one as a tasty little sharer!

Whitebait at Cinque Ports, MargateCinque Ports, MargateGuinea fowl at Cinque Ports, Margate

For a tried-and-tested classic, you can tuck into a burger or chargrilled ribeye. If you want to embrace the seaside setting, go for beer battered cod or sea bream with clams. I decided to try out the pan roasted guinea fowl (£11), served with confit leg, cabbage and game sauce. It was EXCELLENT. The texture of the guinea fowl was perfect, with a game-y, full flavour. The confit leg, served shredded in a patty, gave the dish a more unusual and continental twist, and the cabbage tasted so fresh, it was almost as if it had been plucked from the ground that very day.  

For dessert, I was my usual predictable self and ordered the chocolate mousse (£6), which came with salted caramel ice cream. Best combo. The chocolate mousse was smooth and rich, complemented by the light caramel taste of the ice cream. Thanks to a genius having a brainwave on our table, lots of us changed up our post-dinner coffees for espresso martinis. Coffee AND booze to end the day? Best idea.

Chocolate mousse at Cinque Ports, MargateEspresso martini at Cinque Ports, MargateChocolate mousse at Cinque Ports, Margate

After a busy day of having fun by the sea, Cinque Ports is conveniently located AND offers good quality food and drink, at affordable prices. Whether you’re visiting Margate as a couple, group or family, there’ll definitely be something on the menu for all tastes.

Cinque Ports
50 Marine Terrace, Margate CT9 1XJ

*Our meal was complimentary – opinions honest as always

  • Laura Emilia

    Ooh I walked past this place so many times when we were in Margate and it looked so cool – the exterior is so beautiful! Now I really want to try the food too, so definitely trying it out the next time I head that way. 🙂 x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  • Mellissa Williams

    I love gastropubs. The setting is unfussy but they have amazing food! Your guinea fowl looks excellent and whoa that portion of whitebait was huge. If I am ever in Margate with check the Cinque Ports gastropub out for sure.

  • Fashion Du Jour LDN

    Yes to this gastropub and great that it’s a stone’s throw from Dreamland! Tjose white bait are huge and I love that you went for Espresso Martini’s for your after dinner coffee. It’s what I like to do too!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN x

  • What a delicious looking meal and espresso martinis at the end, that really is genius!

  • Jenni Grainger

    I’ve never had an espresso martini before, that looks really good. The whole meal looks divine

  • Ooh this looks just divine and that chocolate mousse incredible x

  • KGR

    The prices sound really good for the amount of food you get. I love the sound of the guinea fowl as I’ve never tried that but you can never go wrong with fish and chips!

  • Looks like a lovely little meal! I do love whitebait! x

  • Elizabeth Allcock

    Wow the food looks delicious, especially the whitebait! Never been to Margate before.

  • Anthea

    It looks and sounds delicious with very reasonable prices. What a great find. Thanks for sharing

  • Incredible food wasn’t it, especially the truffle mac n’ cheese!! *Swoon*

  • Ricky Lloyd

    All of this food looks delicious. Especially that dessert.