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The Bestselling Cook Book Author Shares Her Definitive Guide to Broadstairs' Best Restaurants, Bars and Cafes
Chetna Makan

Great British Bake Off star Chetna Makan was a fashion designer in Broadstairs when she entered the competition. Ten years later, she's now a bestselling and award-winning author of seven cookbooks and YouTube sensation with her Food with Chetna show.

Chetna grew up in Jabalpur - a small town in Central India - and was influenced by her mother’s cooking, which inspired her books and cookery show, combining her creative flavour twists from India’s eclectic cuisine with a love of simple, Indian home cooking.

She will be appearing on the Big Cookery Stage at Scrumptious Bluewater Food Festival, which will make its debut with a three-day, celebrity chef event from 25 to 27 May.

Other names taking part, include TV chef Rosemary Shrager, Lorraine star Suzy Pelta and fellow GBBO personalities, Laura Adlington, Saku Chandrasekara, Chigs Parmar and Jurgen Krauss.

Chetna moved to Broadstairs in 2003 and brings us the ultimate guide to the best places to eat and drink in Kent’s beautiful, seaside town, from exquisitet pastries, egg-cellent lunches and seafood gems to beachy cocktail sundowners and must-have pistachio ice cream from the oldest gelato shop in town.

Scrumptious Bluewater Food Festival, Bluewater Pkwy, Dartford, Greenhithe DA9 9ST. 25 - 27 May. Chetna Makan will appear on 25 May from 12 - 12.30pm on the Big Cookery Stage. Follow Chetna here.



Forts Cafe

Forts Cafe

This place opened in Broadstairs only a couple of years ago and makes the best coffee in town. Not just the coffee, they also do delicious sandwiches, always creating new combinations and flavours. Not only do I have coffee from here but also get my coffee beans to have a cuppa at home.

Forts Cafe, 1 Chandos Rd, Broadstairs CT10 1QP


Staple Broadstairs

This bakery opened just before lockdown a few years ago, and was the first proper bakery to open in Broadstairs. They make their own breads and the very best pastries. They bake fresh every morning using the very best ingredients.

STAPLE, Staple Store, 30a Reading St, Broadstairs CT10 3AZ


The Good Egg
The Good Egg

A branch of The Good Egg from London opened in Margate recently, doing the best eggs in town. They have a fresh menu, with lovely dips like hummus, their own pita breads and their very famous babka.

The Good Egg, 49 Northdown Rd, Cliftonville, Margate CT9 2RN



This place is becoming very popular, and for good reason - their excellent food with lots of focus on the fish. Being a seaside town, to have a little place like Kebbells is a treasure, with a very welcoming team behind it. Delicious food and very good wines.

Kebbells, 8 Victoria Parade, Broadstairs CT10 1QS


Little Swift
Little Swift

Their margaritas are to die for, just the perfect drink to enjoy while watching the picturesque sunset on the Margate seafront, a must visit.

Little Swift, 7-8 Marine Dr, Margate CT9 1DH


Morelli's Gelato

You must try an ice cream at Morelli’s - Broadstairs - it's very famous and the oldest ice cream shop in town - they've been there since 1907. They do the best Italian ice cream, especially the pistachio, which is sublime.

Morelli's, 14 Victoria Parade, Broadstairs CT10 1QS

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