However, like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, Margate's fortunes have began to turn. I suppose it began with The Turner Centre and a few cool shops in what is known as The Old Town. Then came a couple of Boutique Hotels like The Sands and The Reading Rooms, there is also the Crescent Victoria where I had a cracking scone in an afternoon tea that was otherwise a bit unremarkable. Although I am told The Walpole Bay is the place to go for a slightly eccentric but authentic Cream tea. Anyway I digress then Dreamland has reopened as a heritage Theme Park, Yes, Margate is on the rise putting it's make up and lashes on for a comeback to rival Bet Lynch returning to Corrie.
A particular love of mine is the old town with it's quirky shops and on the first bank holiday I lured Mum there hoping for cake at The Cupcake Cafe, unfortunately that was rammed so I had to make do with a really good Waffle at Melt The ice cream parlour that belongs to The Sands, I also had a good wander around the shops as it is crammed with vintage shops and quirky boutiques.
|Can you spot Las Vegas, Margate?|
|I loved these letters but they were a bit pricey.|
I then popped in Madam Popoff's Vintage Emporium which had the most beautiful stock and the best most helpful staff ever. Who when I was talking to her gave me her card and told me to e mail my measurements so that if anything came up in my size that she thought I would like came in she would let me know. I have to say as these pictures of the window display show it really does have some of the finest vintage clothing out there. How much do I want that 60's style pink and white dress.
Finally I had to head up the High Street a little way to Rat Race, it specialises in Mod and skin wear but also reproduction clothes in general and have recently opened a devoted women's section. Sadly everything was too small I think stopping at around a size 18, but the staff were really friendly and offered that I could try things on. I fell in love with the houndstooth dress but alas it wasn't to be.
Finally as I said I stopped on the seafront for a waffle, I did stop in The Chocolate Bar first but the heady sweet vanilla and chocolate smell put me off, so I tried Melt it must have been good or I was hungry as there are no food porny shots, but the light must have caught my eye as there is a picture of that. Pretty innit?
So that was my day in Margate hope you like it as much as I do.