The Charles Dickens

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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.
What 347 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.2
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4.1
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4.1
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PaulN
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We were very pleased with standard of the food and the service. We had booked for 7pm so did not have full advantage of the lovely view from the upstairs restaurant but it was still a lovely experience. Downstairs was busy and rather noisy but the restaurant was nice and quiet.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Lovely service. Good food. Excellent value

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TrudyN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

We have been coming to Charles Dickens ever since its opening and have never been let down. But on Saturday lunch the beef suet pudding was disappointing. The suet was rock hard and the meat was dry as was the mash(gravy was served sepaprately). It seemed it had been kept warm in the oven for far too long. We should have mentioned it at the time but was eating with guests who were enjoying their meals and we didnt want to spoilt the moment. It was surprising and out of charactor.. We were warned that the wait for meals was 45 mins and it did seem that was roughly how long the meal had been kept warm.

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marcs
New England
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always great food and service all this and the fabulous view. No wonder we keep coming back.

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June666
London
6 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely and big portion roast dinner. Very good value!

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SamR
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A great evening out, would definitely recommend

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KerryT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fab service and food was good. We are in the restaurant would highly recommend

KB
KayBirkett1966
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

First time here and will be back the service was great and the food delicious and food value for money be good to go in the summer and enjoy the amazing view

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Valentines meal..
Good selection on the menu, well presented!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Essex
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and services as always

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MargaretL
Kent
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall3Food1Service5Ambience5

Great views and service. We went for Sunday lunch. Lamb was lovely but the veg was almost raw and the potatoes tasted like they had been warmed from the previous day. Very disappointing.

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TracyK
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great atmosphere foid and service! Highly recommend for lunch .

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SamW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A great new year's eve meal! The food was very tasty and good value for money. The staff were very friendly and we would definitely visit again.

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RonB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice pub with a good ambience and first class food served either in the bar or first floor restaurant.

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StephanieF
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely food, great atmosphere. Everything cooked perfectly. Just great, thanks to all the team working New Years Eve :)

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Simon
Kent
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Had to send my meal back replaced was not much better. Overpriced . Staff don’t seem to enjoy their job

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SarahH
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Good food but is a little pricey. We shared steak and chips and the mussels and both were delicious. The fries with the mussels were a bit under done but the chef had just burnt his hand so we felt grateful to receive our meals at all! Overall would recommend.

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broadie1
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

We went here for a pre Xmas night out. Overall it was all okay but, for us, there was a lack of Xmas feeling, restaurant felt cold and not very welcoming although this was not helped by having a big stag party on the table where you walked in! Service was okay and I appreciate the waiting staff are young but having to request cutlery to eat your main course with is not really on! Have been to the Charles Dickens on several previous occasions and each time I have been standards seem to have slipped compared with when it first opened.

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Davalli
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

Have been to the Charles Dickens many times before and have always been really pleased, however on this occasion I was a bit disappointed. We were seated by a window which was very draughty and cold, the resteraunt has two sections we were seated away from all the other diners so we sat alone. We were not offered the Christmas menu and when we asked the server did bring the other menu to us but was told the chef may not be able to do all the dishes so we opted for the standard menu. Prawn cocktail to start was delicious I could not fault it. I opted for turkey for my main but was somewhat disappointed, I had 2 small slices of turkey a smokey tasting sausage, tasteless stuffing, 3 small roasties and half a plate of veg. Halfway through our meal we were asked if we wanted any sauces. My other half choose a burger which he was very pleased with. When it came to paying the server had disappeared so we were hanging around waiting. I would return to this resteraunt as has always been good in the past.

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JoyS
Jersey
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

We needed somewhere at short notice for 7 and it ticked that box. The food was indifferent and the service slow. But the company was good so we enjoyed our evening despite rather than because of the meal.

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fred
Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

A good experience, outstanding view......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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PaulS
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful food, friendly staff, lovely views of the sea, highly recommend. One of our favourite restaurants/pubs in Broadstairs. Their Sunday lunch is amazing. Thank you for another great meal.

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PatriciaJ
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent night we all had a good time.staff as usual all give 101% attention. Just had two meals of Lamb which was a bit tough. But all the others were excellent.

MM
MelissaM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely family roast. Always good quality. We had a selection of three meats, all the trimmings.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Lovely setting with helpful staff. Food very good

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PippaR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A consistently good place for Sunday lunch. Traditional roast served with fine sea views.

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SimonR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Good value for money with friendly helpful staff,food delicious.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely views across the harbour. Staff very pleasant. Food enjoyable.

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LeiannL
Kent
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always excellent food, service and ambient. Saw the fireworks too.

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Local
Kent
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very attentive and helpful staff, food was very good. Always a pleasant location for a meal

PJ
PatriciaJ
London
6 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food service and ambience.
Have been here several times now.always welcoming staff.very effect
Always willing to help.

MM
ManuelaM
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Slow service but good food

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IANO
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent meal with good service in nice surroundings - would definitely go back.

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MartinC
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

The food was over cooked and the staff were surly, disinterested and slow. They didn't look like the wanted to be there and by the end neither did we.

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RachelA
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Lovely food and beautiful view of the beach and sea. Some hot drinks were not received and had to remind the staff. Only negative was a large group with children, they allowed there children to run riot and scream at high pitches. Not the fault of the restaurant but of people who do not coincide others. We will be coming again when we next visit Broadstairs.

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Sasha
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

Beautiful food have lived here for 12 years and never been in!!! Lovely staff great views and a great atmosphere

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Christinek
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Wonderful meal... sweet waiters/waitresses. A party of 8 but unfortunately one of the orders was missed.... meaning he got his meal about 15-20 mins after us

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hackneydiner
London
31 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Staff were nice, food was ok, decor was a bit uninspired.

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JohnT
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

Very disappointing. Menu given to us was different to the website. Also the order for dessert was totally forgotten. After waiting over 25 minutes we were told it would take another 17 minutes. Apology given was not sincere. We decided to pay our bill and leave.

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