Sort file:- Margate, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.


Earliest 1760

(Name from)

(Old) Cottage

Closed Dec 2007

19 High Street


Cottage 1989

Above photo, 1989, kindly sent by Michael Mirams.


Above photo, date unknown.


Above image from Google maps, March 2009.


Dating as early as 1760 and is one of the oldest in Margate. In the 1700s port wine was smuggled into Portugal House, the front of the building still remains. Legend indicates that there is or was a tunnel which led from the cellar to St John's Church.

E G Wastall, Ramsgate wine importer and Brewer, ran the premises in the 19th century and had operated an off license at the front and a wine lodge at the rear extension of the building.

It is said that the premises is haunted and a lady in white is said to haunted the upstairs restaurant.


Thanet Times, Tuesday 24 June 1969.


19 High Street, Margate. TELEPHONE: THANET 24466 OR 20174.

This is the view of the shop-front in Margate High Street. The bow in the window is intentional and is not due to an error by the craftsman who made it or to distortion by the camera lens.

Cottage 1969

Tea Coffee Lounge And Grill Room.

The Tea Coffee Lounge and Grill Room is a multi-purpose room opening on to the High Street. Margate. It is compact, yet is geared to quick service.

The menu is smaller and the dishes cheaper than in the restaurant, but the meals and grills are served all day.

In this room, we specialise in the service of fresh coffee, our home-baked cakes and scones.

Butter is worn only by the bread and the tea and coffee will mix only with fresh milk and cream.


The Cottage, to the disgust and at the same time joy, of its patrons, has now moved to the High Street, Margate.

Disgust because now they will have to share their secret with others and joy because, not only will we be nearer the town centre, but we shall also be offering a wider service than before.

We are a family business, independent, happy and human in our life, a little frayed perhaps at times but by and large cheerful and reasonably efficient.

We do not like loud and brash music, cold food (unless it is a salad) or slovenly service.

We do like your company, hard work, and constructive comment and criticism. We are not altruistic nor, on the other hand, profiteering.

We speak and understand the local dialect and have been known on occasions to translate our English menus into the tongues of other parts of Great Britain.

While not racialist, in our ignorance we believe in Thanet and therefore stay open all the year round — except, of course, for our own holidays.

We shall, of course, be carrying on our outside catering service, supplying buffets, party savouries, pastries, wedding cakes and birthday cakes, whether your party is at home or in a hall.

We are able to take a party of not more than 35 and there is a private room for meetings.

In the bar, in addition to drinks we shall also be serving snacks, hot and cold, and a few original dishes of our own for the more adventurous appetites.

Needless to say we have tried all the dishes ourselves, but indigestion tablets will be available to those patrons who have less cast-iron "tums " than ourselves, or for those who are just plain greedy.

The first-floor restaurant is not large, which adds to its charm, but elbow-knocking is only experienced by those people choosing to share the same chair.

We pride ourselves on our food and can recommend not only the specialities, but all the dishes on the menu.

For table reservations, ring Thanet 24466.

It was not quite 50,000.

We would have liked to tell you that we had spent 50,000 on the renovations at 19 High Street, but as we did not win the pools last season it would be nearer the truth to say that we have not spent one tenth of that amount.

Cottage bar 1969

It is true, however, that a great deal of time and work has gone into the conversion.

We would like to thank all those people who have made it possible, in particular the plumbers. G. B. Brook, and Seeboard. Their men have been very patient and understanding and willingly altered their work when we changed our minds.

We are also grateful to Courts, who "well floored us" with their carpeting.

To all the other people who helped us get the Cottage ready in time we say "Thank you."


At our regular patrons realise, we are open for Christmas Day lunch and Boxing Day lunch, although it is a trifle (not on the menu) early in the year, we are already three-parts booked.

So If you are thinking of booking for Christmas, let us know soon.

Cottage restaurant 1969

With an entrance at the side, we have on the first floor the restaurant, which is open for lunch and dinner each day. An a la carte menu it the main stay of the service, with a 12s 6d table d'hote lunch, including coffee, available to anyone and not just businessmen.


In conclusion, this is an advertisement and we are trying to get you to come and see us next time you are in Margate.

There will be so much going on at the Cottage that it would be a pity to miss it all. So why not drop in and spend a few minutes at the Cottage the next time you are passing?

Please remember that for every 6d you spend with us. at least 3d goes to the government and its industries. So please help us to keep the country viable until the next election — by spending at the Cottage.

Slaves’ Dungeon.

The kitchen, where at least one member of the family "slaves over a hot stove all day long" is in the basement and is in fact larger than the restaurant.

Completely re-floored and re-walled in the renovations, the kitchen has been fitted out to our own specifications to produce what we consider a good working area.

We do have modem machinery, which we have tested over recent months at our old premises. In particular, we can praise the Dysona microwave ovens, the electric friers and the gas ranges.

It should, however, be pointed out that our menu relies on the skill of the chef and the equipment in the kitchen is only a help to him.

We do not like pre-packed, pre-digested — or even pre-eaten — food, nor do we believe in their use just to save effort.

We fervently hope that the pre-packed consumer will not be a widespread reality in our time.


Lady Luck has smiled on us yet again, in that we have been able to transfer the public house and off-licence to our new premises.

This not only enables us to offer you the facilities of a bar, but we can also offer you the beers of the following brewers:


Yet we still maintain our independence to have on our list those wines we consider the best in their class.

Cottage rear 1969

This is the rear view of the Cottage, taken from the car park. The car park is situated on site of Charles Square and the entrance is from Market Street, which runs from the Harbour to the Market Place.


The premises became a free house in 1969, and later became an Italian Restaurant, also it operated as the "Island Taverna" for a short time but reverted back to the Cottage in the 1980's. I believe this establishment closed in December 2007.

The building has a Grade 2 listing. In 2010 it appeared on Homes under the Hammer. where it sold for 90,000.




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