Occupying an enviable spot on Margate’s Harbour Arm, Sargasso serves simple, coastal cooking paired with incredible wines and ‘occasional music’. Its ingredients sourced locally to be devoured in their handsome 30-cover restaurant and bar, Sargasso Margate has views over the Old Town and the adjacent Turner Contemporary.
From Ed Wilson and Josie Stead (the team behind London’s much-loved Brawn) in partnership with eclectic British electronic musician, Matthew Herbert, Sargasso is an intimate space designed to be enjoyed on Britain’s sunniest days as well as stormy winter nights when waves can be found crashing over the stone pier; interiors by Herb Palmer Furniture Design offering a charming fusion of galvanised steel, wood and cork tops.
The 30-cover restaurant offers high window tables and bar seating and, on finer days, an additional 40 covers are available outside. Taking inspiration from Europe’s coastal cooking, the seafood and vegetable-focussed menu includes fresh treats such as cured sardines, Datterini tomatoes, capers and pangrattato; Lobster spaghetti; smoked eel, bacon, apple and watercress; and bavette, summer beans, pink fir potatoes and anchoiade. The wine list, meanwhile, comprises of around 40—50 bottles that will rotate regularly to reflect changes in season.
Open for dinner Wednesday to Saturday and lunch Friday to Sunday, Sunday sees a running programme of DJs that begins after lunch and continues until after sunset. Local artists and guests from further afield step behind the wheels of steel for laidback week-closing grooves, whilst friends of Sargasso, Worldwide FM, will be part of of an occasional guest streaming programme. As authentic and honest as the grub, expect Sargasso Sundays to be a Margate staple.
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