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Bay at Sands Hotel

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479 Reviews
£25 and under
English

Welcome to Sands Bar & Grill located on the first floor of The Sands Hotel, Margate. The restaurant has superb views out to sea and a large west-facing terrace offering the option of al fresco dining.
Our menus include seasonal and locally sourced produce, inspired by Kent being, ‘the garden of England’
Serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner.
We can also cater to small to medium-sized events.

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2 people

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Booked 7 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    English, Seafood, Contemporary European

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–8:30 pm
    Breakfast
    Daily 7:30 am–10:30 am
    Afternoon Tea
    Daily 12:00 pm–3:30 pm

  • Phone number

    01843 317017

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Robin Smith

  • Area

    Margate

  • Parking Details

    Local Car Parks are available and within walking distance.Market street, High street, Mill lane car park

  • Public Transit

    Cecil Square located 300 yards away is a main bus hub and Margate Train Station is a 5 minute walk away.

  • Entertainment

    Acoustic, Piano, Swing and Jazz on selected evenings.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, 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
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

Menu

From the Kitchen

  • Full English BreakfastGBP 12.00

    Cumberland sausage, smoked streaky bacon, homemade beans, plum tomato, portobello mushroom, bubble & squeak & your choice of Woodland farm eggs; sunny side up, scrambled or poached

    • Vegan BreakfastGBP 11.00

      Vegan sausage, avocado, homemade beans, plum tomato, portobello mushroom, bubble & squeak

      • Eggs BenedictGBP 8.00

        Poached Woodland farm eggs & ham on toasted muffin topped with hollandaise sause

        • Buttermilk PancakesGBP 9.00

          with either smoked bacon, scrambled eggs & maple syrup or mixed berries & coconut cream

          • Smoked Salmon & Scrambled EggGBP 10.00

            Smoked salmon and scrambled Woodland farm eggs on a toasted bagel

            • Bubble & SqueakGBP 8.00

              Fresh bubble & squeak, smoked streaky bacon & your choice of poached or fried Woodland farm eggs

              • Beans on ToastGBP 6.00

                Smokey homemade cheesy beans on toasted focaccia

                Continental

                • Berry & Natural Yoghurt PotGBP 4.00

                  • Pain au ChocolotGBP 3.00

                    • CroissantGBP 3.00

                      • Fruit SaladGBP 3.00

                        • Kellogg's Variety CerealGBP 3.00

                          • Toast with Preserves and ButterGBP 3.00

                            Drinks

                            • English Breakfast TeaGBP 2.70

                              • Earl Grey TeaGBP 2.70

                                • Orange JuiceGBP 3.00

                                  • Apple JuiceGBP 3.00

                                    Choice of Coffee

                                    £3

                                    • Cappuccino

                                      • Flat White

                                        • Latte

                                          • Americano

                                            • Expresso / Double Expresso

                                              Last updated: 9 July 2021

                                              What 479 people are saying

                                              Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

                                              NoiseModerate

                                              Loved For

                                              • Kent

                                                Scenic View

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                                              1. MW

                                                MarkW

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined 5 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Excellent views over Margate seafront from the light, airy restaurant area. The menu was clear, with good choices on offer (both fish and meat). Food seemed locally sourced, and service was excellent. Thank you for an all-round stellar experience at a competitive price.

                                              2. NK

                                                NgaritaK

                                                London

                                                6 reviews

                                                3.0

                                                6 reviews

                                                Dined 6 days ago

                                                overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                We didnt really rate the food on this occasion. I went for lunch with two friends and all 3 of us thought the food was average. One of my friends had been for afternoon tea previously and said that was better.

                                              3. CR

                                                CharlieR

                                                Kent

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined 7 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great food, lovely staff, brilliant location. Thoroughly recommend it!

                                              4. DT

                                                DavidT

                                                Kent

                                                5 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on 15 November 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Excellent food, good service and a lovely room to eat in

                                              5. GW

                                                GaryW

                                                Kent

                                                1 review

                                                2.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 9 November 2021

                                                overall2food1service4ambience4

                                                The food was not good at all - watery fish, steak we fed to the dog and broccoli that was raw

                                              6. B

                                                Bigbanker13

                                                London

                                                6 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                6 reviews

                                                Dined on 7 November 2021

                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                Very good quality ingredients. Friendly Service. Food was a bit slow arriving, but we weren't in a hurry. Amazing view.

                                              7. s

                                                stevenp

                                                London

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 27 October 2021

                                                overall4food5service4ambience3

                                                Friendly service and the food was great!

                                              8. MT

                                                MoiraT

                                                Kent

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 23 October 2021

                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                Lovely food, lovely staff in lovely surroundings. I would definitely recommend Sands.

                                              9. VL

                                                ValerieL

                                                Kent

                                                2 reviews

                                                3.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on 23 October 2021

                                                overall3food2service3ambience3

                                                Very nice place but felt that the food was good but did not good enough for the cost of the meal .

                                              10. P

                                                Pendleton

                                                Kent

                                                3 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on 22 October 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Nice greeting on arrival, attentive staff and great food. Highly recommended.

                                              11. R

                                                R767

                                                London

                                                1 review

                                                1.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 20 October 2021

                                                overall1food2service3ambience1

                                                Not worth the money, lacklustre, lack of thought in both the adult and children’s afternoon tea. We booked again because it was lovely last august, sadly it wasn’t great, the two ladies who served were lovely. There was no choice of teas, no suggestion or offer of fizz to add to the tea, last year there were delicious savoury bites in the tea, however this time it could have been purchased in marks and spencer. Scones far too big, poor presentation, I wrote an email and no one has responded. A fire alarm went off and we were only told not to panic after about 3-4 minutes with staff rushing around. Just very disappointed with the whole thing.

                                                Bay at Sands HotelResponded on 21 October 2021

                                                Dear Ruth I have replied to your email at the earliest time i could as i was on annual leave when the email was sent. I am sorry to hear that you did not have a good experience with us and hope my email deals with all the points mentioned. Kind Regards, Becky (Restaurant Manager)

                                              12. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Kent

                                                7 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                7 reviews

                                                Dined on 17 October 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Lovely roast dinner thanks

                                              13. p

                                                priya

                                                1 review

                                                1.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 16 October 2021

                                                overall1food1service1ambience3

                                                Service was awful and food was below average. The setting was nice

                                              14. DS

                                                DeborahS

                                                Kent

                                                2 reviews

                                                2.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on 16 October 2021

                                                overall2food1service2ambience3

                                                Really very disappointing meal here last night, doubly so because it was my birthday. Starters were really good but then it went downhill from there. One meal sent back, the chicken burger which was inedible and looked a complete mess, not sure where they got the chicken from and sitting it on a bed of grated carrot which I think might have been the coleslaw element ???? was just awful. The other 2 meals were not really warm enough and the pork chop was just plain messy where none of the elements went together. The cauliflower cheese had no cheese and the chips were again lukewarm and the triple cooked chips were hard in the middle. Not enough staff were on and although the staff were very pleasant they need more training in how to deal with customers during service. No manager approached me to enquire why I sent the food back, or indeed apologise and it seemed as if there was no one around overseeing the restaurant. It’s a lovely restaurant with fabulous views but it really needs to get its act together. We won’t be recommending it to any friends of ours that may come to visit because it just isn’t worth a recommendation. I write this as someone who has worked front of house in one of the best and oldest restaurants in London, so I do understand service and it all comes from the management which apparently the Sands restaurant either do not have or do not care.

                                              15. LL

                                                LynnLF

                                                London

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on 14 October 2021

                                                overall5food5service4ambience3

                                                Very tasty, quality breakfast. Lovely setting, friendly staff:

                                              16. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                London

                                                4 reviews

                                                3.0

                                                4 reviews

                                                Dined on 10 October 2021

                                                overall3food2service1ambience3

                                                We came for breakfast. Food was very basic. Poor service. Twice forgot our drinks. View from the restaurant was amazing.

                                              17. MS

                                                MarkS

                                                1 review

                                                3.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 27 September 2021

                                                overall3food5service1ambience4

                                                This is the 4th time I have visited this restaurant on the hope that while the food is good and ambiance great the service may have improved. Sadly the 3rd time of lack lustre to rude service. Once the evening manager leaves service pluments. It is likely to be my last time and I am reassessing if The Sands should remain on my restaurant list for my two ABNBs(12 guests) I booked via OT and noted it was for a birthday and a window table would be nice. Neither of these mentioned upon reception or through the evening. Ordered cocktails to start as it was a special occcasion. Blini unimpressive and Aperol Spritz watery. Disappointing. Ordered food(starter and main) and wine(Marlborough SB) while consuming cocktails. Wine arrived in a wine cooler and left on table. Consumed "average" cocktails while tucking into starters. Starters finished and no sign of waitress to check on wine. The usual "other server" checked on starters. Checked wine to find it was from a completely different wine maker - same price. When questioned the waitress advised it was from Marlborough and the SBs are all the same - not sure Cloudy Bay would agree. I am a kiwi of "retirement" age and visited Marlbourough many times. Not offered to taste the replacement(wine lists printed daily) I could pick a different wine. I pointed out that I should have been advised of the subsitution when it was delivered. Stayed with the substitute from a small family vinyard which was good but should have been mentioned. The tab deliverd not by the waitress but the barman(he of watery cocktails) who just wanted to grab my card, swipe and run. As he was the barman(Circa 25) I asked about the wine situation and he said it was "exactly" the same wine - except for the label. He had tasted all the wines and they were the "same" even though he had a preference for reds. His knowledge was not to be questioned so paid (no service) and left. Little training, poor management, disinterested owner.

                                              18. JS

                                                JamesS

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 25 September 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Good food, excellent service that doesn't break the bank. Plus a great view of the sunset over the beach. What more could you ask for?

                                                Bay at Sands HotelResponded on 28 September 2021

                                                Im thrilled you enjoyed your time with us! Hope to see you again soon.

                                              19. s

                                                sarahf

                                                Kent

                                                1 review

                                                2.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 25 September 2021

                                                overall2food2service1ambience2

                                                We arrived for lunch, found the menu limited. Children’s menu even more so. All main course needed to have chips or sides added at and extra cost! So if you ordered steak you literally get steak, no chips or salad.

                                                Bay at Sands HotelResponded on 28 September 2021

                                                Hi Sarah, Im sorry to hear our menu wasn't as you expected. Our main menus is split in two we have a "from the char gill" section which is a protein with a sauce and veg garnish. In your case, your steak would of come with mushrooms and tomatoes & depending on your choice of steak would have been either peppercorn sauce or a delicious spicy chimmi churri. The second section of our menu is more like you would find in any other restaurant where you order a whole dish with potatoes sauce & veg.

                                              20. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 19 September 2021

                                                overall4food3service4ambience5

                                                Great meal but not hot food. We decided to crack on and eat but food should have been much hotter. Otherwise, it was tasty and good value

                                                Bay at Sands HotelResponded on 28 September 2021

                                                Hi, Sorry your food wasnt as hot as it should of been nether the less Im glad you enjoyed the flavours of your meal.

                                              21. LM

                                                LisaM

                                                London

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 18 September 2021

                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                We had a lovely meal at The Sands for a postponed 50th Birthday. The staff were very pleasant and friendly, a nice atmosphere and my friend had arranged a Happy Birthday chocolate brownie for pudding. Would go back.

                                                Bay at Sands HotelResponded on 28 September 2021

                                                Its always a pleasure to cater for special occassions!

                                              22. C

                                                Chuck

                                                London

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 18 September 2021

                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                Really lovely restaurant with helpful staff who happily moved us outside when a table on the balcony became free. Very tasty food and lovely cocktails

                                              23. DB

                                                DonnaB

                                                Kent

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 17 September 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                This is the second time here and we enjoyed it immensely, staff very friendly and food was lovely. See you soon.

                                              24. JA

                                                JohnA

                                                Norfolk

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on 16 September 2021

                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                Sunny day so terrace table was perfect. Staff were friendly but professional. Most of the food was fine but sorry - triple fried chips should not be droopy. But that’s the only fault on a lovely lunch.

                                              25. RR

                                                RuairiR

                                                London

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 13 September 2021

                                                overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                Lovely food in beautiful surroundings. Great service - very friendly and efficient. Thank you!

                                              26. O

                                                Ollie

                                                Kent

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 12 September 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Brilliant roof top bar; excellent view; great restaurant; fantastic service from waitress from Sierra Leone; highly recommend; very good food; good value

                                              27. k

                                                keycrosby

                                                London

                                                5 reviews

                                                2.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on 10 September 2021

                                                overall2food2service4ambience3

                                                Food was hit and miss. Could tell the dessert had been sat around in the fridge for a few hours before been served. Pork chop over cooked, bisque had a skin forming on top and tasted burnt. Terrine and Sea Trout were good. Music choice was odd, didn’t think 80’s power ballads set the right ambience.

                                              28. JB

                                                JinB

                                                Kent

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 7 September 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Staff are so so lovely!!! Great place to watch the sunset

                                              29. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                London

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 5 September 2021

                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                We had a nice meal at Sands but Bizarrely Sands put as down as a no show which meant I got an accusatory email from Open Take which wasn’t very nice. Sands need to be more accurate in their record keeping!

                                              30. JP

                                                JonathanP

                                                Kent

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 5 September 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Excellent sea bream Fantastic views & great service

                                              31. AO

                                                AmyO

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 2 September 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Absolutely wonderful afternoon tea. Would highly recommend.

                                              32. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 1 September 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Extremely friendly and helpful staff, and a wonderful setting. We had the butter chicken burger with sweet potato fries, which was outstanding. Every dish that went past us looked appealing. The ambience is well worth paying a little extra for. You will not find a better location for a relaxed evening meal with wonderful sea views

                                              33. CC

                                                ChristopherC

                                                Yorkshire

                                                1 review

                                                2.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 1 September 2021

                                                overall2food2service2ambience3

                                                We had vegan options. Neither were of great quality. One was pretty much swimming in oil. Service could be improved with regards pleasantries and attention.

                                              34. JR

                                                JamesR

                                                1 review

                                                3.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 29 August 2021

                                                overall3food3service2ambience2

                                                Service slow. Mains turned up warm not hot. The lighting was terrible, we sat in the middle of the restaurant and felt like we were sitting in a conference room, the lighting was far to bright. Wine list really poor. Toilets left more than a lot to be desired, leaking sinks with big towels on the floor. Disappointing in the fact that the only thing we enjoyed was the view.

                                              35. LB

                                                LouiseB

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 29 August 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Really lovely environment for our mum's birthday afternoon tea. Thank you so much. X

                                              36. HF

                                                HayleyF

                                                Kent

                                                1 review

                                                1.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 28 August 2021

                                                overall1food1service1ambience5

                                                Was awful slow service and so expensive! Then we were asked to leave ready for next lot of customers despite waiting ages for services

                                              37. JA

                                                JillA

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 27 August 2021

                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                Really enjoyed the food however the draught lager was off because the pipes needed cleaning which should have been sorted earlier. Apart from that it was lovely

                                              38. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                London

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 25 August 2021

                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                Visiting Margate so decided to try out Sands. Nice staff and beautiful place. I will be visiting again.

                                              39. NT

                                                NeilT

                                                West Sussex

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 25 August 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Superb experience all round, fantastic value, wonderful afternoon tea. Can’t recommend highly enough!

                                              40. EH

                                                EmmaH

                                                London

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 22 August 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                A must for anyone wanting to celebrating any special occasion. The setting is vibrant while still allowing you to relax. We celebrated our Anniversary here, the staff were attentive and the food exquisite, could not recommend more highly.

                                              FAQs

                                              Bay at Sands Hotel is rated 4.1 stars by 479 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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                                              Booked 7 times today
                                              Google Map for Bay at Sands Hotel

                                              42 High Street Margate, Kent CT9 1DS

                                              • Area

                                                Margate

                                              • Hours of Operation

                                                Daily 12:00 pm–8:30 pm
                                                Breakfast
                                                Daily 7:30 am–10:30 am
                                                Afternoon Tea
                                                Daily 12:00 pm–3:30 pm

                                              • Cuisines

                                                English, Seafood, Contemporary European

                                              • Dining style

                                                Casual Dining

                                              • Dress Code

                                                Casual Dress

                                              • Parking Details

                                                Local Car Parks are available and within walking distance.Market street, High street, Mill lane car park

                                              • Public Transit

                                                Cecil Square located 300 yards away is a main bus hub and Margate Train Station is a 5 minute walk away.

                                              • Payment Options

                                                AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                              • Executive Chef

                                                Robin Smith

                                              • Entertainment

                                                Acoustic, Piano, Swing and Jazz on selected evenings.

                                              • Additional

                                                Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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