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The Charles Dickens

4.5
4.5
623 Reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub

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 town whilst enjoying the best views of the bay in town.

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Booked 5 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, British, English

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 10:00 am–9:00 pm
    Sat 9:00 am–9:00 pm
    Sun 9:00 am–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    01843 603040

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    James Coveney

  • Area

    Broadstairs

  • 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, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, 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
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 623 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Kent

    Hot Spot

  • Kent

    Scenic View

  • Kent

    Sunday Lunch

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  1. A

    Annie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We decided on the roast, it was absolutely delicious cooked to perfection. The staff are so polite and professional, we had a great afternoon.

  2. PL

    PatriciaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely restaurant, clean, staff very polite and attentive. Great food and good menu. Definitely go back. Terrific views in summer

  3. EW

    EliseW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a beautiful meal! We were pleasantly surprised at the standard of the food at this restaurant having not visited before. Staff were very accommodating for our 3 young children. The roast was to die for, will return very soon!!!

  4. JC

    JudeC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Lovely,reasonably priced pub food,fast service.very good live music.

  5. CC

    CharlesC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 November 2021

    overall3food4service4ambience3

    Good value for money for pub food very helpful staff

  6. RG

    RichG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect place for a Sunday afternoon roast dinner in cold weather. Great atmosphere, good service and a lovely roast for a reasonable price. 👍🏻

  7. R

    Ratty

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 October 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Excellent nut roast etc.Had to wait a while for meal.Service good and cheerful. Experience slightly marred by table dominated by loud.cackling women May be because it was Halloween. At least they didn,t stay for dessert.

  8. LG

    LeandaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Drinks pricey but food was lovely. Friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere.

  9. RN

    RosemaryN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 October 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Lovely place for a catch up food excellent service the same very friendly bar staff . Woukd definitely recommend

    The Charles DickensResponded on 29 October 2021

    Hi Rosemary, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such lovely words! We are very lucky to have such a friendly team here at the Charles Dickens and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Thea

  10. A

    Andy

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 October 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Wonderfully friendly staff, great food, little lacking in ambience as we were the only ones in our area

    The Charles DickensResponded on 27 October 2021

    Hi Andy, Thanks so much for your review - we really appreciate it and will take your feedback on board! We hope to welcome you back soon. Kind regards, Thea Restaurant Manager

  11. TB

    TracyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such lovely helpful staff. Very attentive. Food very good. Will return

    The Charles DickensResponded on 27 October 2021

    Hi Tracy, Thank you very much for your lovely words. They are greatly appreciated! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Kind regards, Thea Restaurant Manager

  12. F

    Faultless

    Kent

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Refreshingly genuine and attentive customer service and faultless food

    The Charles DickensResponded on 29 October 2021

    Thank you so much for such kind words about your experience with us. We very much appreciate it and are looking forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Thea

  13. JH

    JeanH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 October 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Service excellent. Generous portions food. Good value for money. Good sea views.

  14. GS

    GillS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 October 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Portion size very generous, roast potatoes not at all crispy though, and was given the smallest serving of apple sauce ever, about half teaspoon.

  15. SF

    ShannonF

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely food and service and live music after, perfect

  16. SS

    SophieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food, great service, roast dinners are by far the best, shame the ploughman's is off the menu though

  17. NA

    NicolaA

    Kent

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing staff, delicious food and lovely wine! The best Sunday roast we have ever had and all with fantastic views. Can’t wait to go back!

  18. MB

    MikeB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 September 2021

    overall2food1service4ambience2

    Sadly it wasn't a great experience. Chloe our waitress was very ssweet. But the food really wasn't food at all. Veggie roast was sadly appalling. Crab was ok. Value for money was poor. They did take the veggie roast off the bill and offer alternative but it wasn't worth it. Great view and lovely for a drink. But food didn't match the beauty if Broadstairs and quality of other establishments.

    The Charles DickensResponded on 28 September 2021

    Hi Mike, Thanks for taking the time to leave us some feedback. Once again I am sorry you did not enjoy your food with us on Sunday. I hope the way it was dealt with on the day was satisfactory and I am pleased Chloe was able to offer you good service throughout. If you would like to discuss this further with me please feel free to email me at charlesdickens@thorleytaverns.co.uk. Kind regards, Thea

  19. DB

    DeanB

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 September 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Excellent customer service, very accommodating and polite. Food was very good and hot, however two thin slices of beef was a little disappointing.

  20. JA

    JillianA

    Essex

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 September 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Just a ok Sunday roast nothing wrong with it but nothing special either . Was just average!!

  21. DR

    DavidR

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Came to this location for a Birthday Meal & the staff & service I received was to a good standard throughout my visit, from ordering drinks at the start right through to ordering meals & desserts. Excellent evening out.

  22. MB

    MichaelB

    Kent

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always very pleasant, good food, good service and what a view from the Restaurant!

  23. LL

    LeiannL

    Kent

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 September 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Excellfood and service and sea view. This is one of our favourite places.

  24. EC

    EdwardC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    W ate in the upstairs restaurant. The food and service we're absolutely first class

  25. N

    Nimrod

    Kent

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service. Good quality food, would recommend wholeheartedly. 👌

  26. P

    Pijin72

    Bedfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Booking was for lunch to celebrate my dad's 80th and everything was perfect!

  27. JW

    JoanneW

    Kent

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We ate in the restaurant upstairs. Tables were well spaced and staff were attentive. We enjoyed the views over the Bay while eating a delicious Sunday lunch.

    The Charles DickensResponded on 6 September 2021

    Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review Joanne! We are lucky to have such beautiful views over Viking Bay! I hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Thea

  28. MW

    MikeW

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 September 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We’ve regularly used this restaurant over many years when playing at the bandstand, even before it was drastically modernised. Food and service are always very good. Always impeccably clean.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service ,food & Dairy Free menu for my grandson Great table with views loved it

    The Charles DickensResponded on 6 September 2021

    Thank you for your review! We are proud to accommodate for allergens and dietary requirements and hope to welcome you back soon. Kind regards, Thea

  30. VF

    VanessaF

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food, service, value all good. Staff friendly and professional

  31. S

    Sminty

    London

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 2 September 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Three of us had dinner. My OH and myself had the steak offer of two and a bottle of house for £39.95. The steaks were great, and they kindly allowed us to have a rose wine. The only downside was for my mum. She ordered the ham, egg and chips, but the ham was sliced as you would find in a sandwich, and she was rather expecting a gammon steak. We did talk to the staff about this and they took our points onboard, which is all you can ask for. It certainly won't put us off going again as it is one of our favourite places in Broadstairs.

  32. ST

    SeemaT

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great for kids and brilliant for anyone with allergies!

  33. SD

    SeaDreamer

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As a family of four we had a wonderful meal at The Charles Dicken's pub. I had requested a nice quiet table upstairs with a sea view & that was exactly what we got. We enjoyed everything about our experience there, the view from our window of beautiful Viking bay, great food, very friendly staff & we were very warmly welcomed on arrival. We were only in Broadstairs for the weekend but we definitely plan to return to both the area & this lovely pub/restaurant.

    The Charles DickensResponded on 6 September 2021

    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such lovely words. Broadstairs is a lovely place so I am thrilled to see you enjoyed your time here, especially when dining with us at the Dickens. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Kind regards, Thea

  34. PA

    PATRICIAM

    Kent

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 August 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Good choice of food and drinks on the menu and helpful staff

  35. JO

    JoanneO

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service, staff very friendly. Food was excellent

    The Charles DickensResponded on 25 August 2021

    Hi Joanne! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review. We really appreciate it,. Hope to see you soon! Kind regards, Thea

  36. LJ

    LindaJ

    Kent

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Staff lovely - food very good - enjoyed our meal very much

    The Charles DickensResponded on 25 August 2021

    Thank you for your lovely feedback Linda! We really appreciate it. Kind regards, Thea

  37. CS

    CaroleS

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service, will visit again lovely pub

    The Charles DickensResponded on 25 August 2021

    Thanks for your lovely feedback Carole! We hope to welcome you back soon! Kind regards, Thea

  38. B

    Bigade

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 August 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    We were disappointed with our meal here . Lamb was raw and potatoes hard , fish was undercooked. Staff said the kitchen was under pressure as they were busy but still no excuse to not cook the food properly. Staff were polite . I would go for a drink here but I wouldn't eat here again . Nice location on the seafront.

    The Charles DickensResponded on 17 August 2021

    Hi Bigade, I am so sorry to see your food was not up to our usual standard, although we are understaffed it is not an excuse for poor food. I hope you will give us the chance to make this up to you, if you could email me at charlesdickens@thorleytaverns.co.uk next time you are in I will make sure your experience is up to the standards we expect. Kind regards, Thea

  39. F

    Fifi

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very attentive service and delicious fried pickles with spicy mayonnaise. The lamb was very rare but that’s how we like it - ham, chips and eggs came as enormous, tasty portions. We’ll be coming back!

    The Charles DickensResponded on 25 August 2021

    Thanks for your lovely review Fifi! We really appreciate it. Looking forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Thea Restaurant Manager

  40. L

    Lewesgirl

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 August 2021

    overall4food4service2ambience4

    The food was good, lovely view too. We went for Sunday lunch, we were happy to have a laid back lunch but they service was very very slow. I realise everything is cooked fresh but I think this is down to being a very busy August weekend but also also down to lots of very young waiting staff who seemed to lack experience. They were with one exception all very smiley and nice. It probably was at least 20 minutes before we got our starter and at least a further 45 before we got our mains. I would recommend but not if you are in a hurry.

    The Charles DickensResponded on 17 August 2021

    Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I am sorry to see our service speed was not up to our usual standard this Sunday, as you noted we do have a lot of new staff and had an extremely busy weekend which unfortunately led to our service being slower than usual. If you would like to email me at charlesdickens@thorleytaverns.co.uk to discuss this further, it would be very much appreciated. Kind regards, Thea

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The Charles Dickens is rated 4.5 stars by 623 OpenTable diners

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Booked 5 times today
Google Map for The Charles Dickens

Victoria Parade Broadstairs, Kent CT10 1QS

  • Area

    Broadstairs

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 10:00 am–9:00 pm
    Sat 9:00 am–9:00 pm
    Sun 9:00 am–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, British, English

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Public Transit

    Less than a 10 minute walk from Broadstairs train station.

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    James Coveney

  • Entertainment

    Regular live music in the bar area.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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