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Six rooftop bars in Kent to visit this summer, with locations in Canterbury, Maidstone and Margate


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From spectacular seaside views to cool cocktail bars, these six rooftop bars are well worth a visit this summer...

Get lost in the city atmosphere at the rooftop bar at Citi Terrace in Canterbury. Picture: Facebook/Citi Terrace
Get lost in the city atmosphere at the rooftop bar at Citi Terrace in Canterbury. Picture: Facebook/Citi Terrace

Citi Terrace, Canterbury

Canterbury is one of Kent’s most picturesque destinations, so it’s hardly surprising that it likes to show off with a rooftop bar or two. Kicking off our list is Citi Terrace, just off the bustling high street and a short walk from the top sights such as the river and cathedral. If you want to be seen out and about with a cocktail in your hand this summer, then this contemporary hotspot is the place to be. The bar, restaurant and lounge boasts a relaxing rooftop terrace where you can enjoy a shisha with your choice of flavour. Don’t forget to sample their unique cuisine menu while you’re there, with plenty of choices from nachos and pizzas to Belgian waffles and cheesecakes.

Where: 1 Longmarket Court, The Terrace, Canterbury, CT1 2JS

When: Monday to Sunday, 10.30am to 1.30am

For more information, click here.

Raise a glass at The Lighthouse Champagne Bar. Photo: Folkestone Harbour and Seafront Development Company
Raise a glass at The Lighthouse Champagne Bar. Photo: Folkestone Harbour and Seafront Development Company

The Lighthouse, Folkestone

This sophisticated champagne bar offers discerning drinkers a true taste of the high life. Found on the buzzing hub of Folkestone’s Harbour Arm, a charming seafront promenade brimming with independent businesses, The Lighthouse stands out as a literal beacon of the coastal town. With a menu of excellent Champagnes, English sparkling wines and fresh seafood, this is the perfect spot for a special night out with loved ones. As you take your seat atop the renovated and still-functioning lighthouse, you can look out from the end of the Harbour Arm to see the French coast, the White Cliffs of Dover and the endless sparkling sea. Whether it’s technically a rooftop bar is still up for debate, but it’s worth a visit for you to decide for yourself.

Where: The Harbour Arm, Folkestone, CT20 1QQ

When: Thursday to Monday, 11am to 6pm

For more information, click here.

Get your glad rags on and visit the Moonlight Bar's rooftop terrace in Madisons in the centre of Maidstone. Picture: Instagram/Madisons
Get your glad rags on and visit the Moonlight Bar's rooftop terrace in Madisons in the centre of Maidstone. Picture: Instagram/Madisons

Madisons, Maidstone

If a night out on the town is calling, then you might want to book a table at one of the county town’s many pubs, bars, restaurants and clubs. With so many places to choose from, there were bound to be a few rooftop bars on offer - one of which is Maidsons. In the heart of the town centre, this stylish restaurant and bar has everything you need for a fun-filled night with friends. The first place you’ll want to check out is the fabulous Moonlight Bar, located at the top of the restaurant, with its spacious roof terrace. Complete with outdoor heating for those cool summer evenings, a menu of colourful cocktails, and an energetic atmosphere, it’s a great way to start your evening. Follow it up with a delicious dinner in the restaurant and dance the night away in Palms, Maidsons’ boutique nightclub.

Where: 28-32 Gabriels Hill, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6JG

When: Friday, 7pm to 1am, and Saturday, 5pm to 1am (restaurant and club opening times can be found online)

For more information, click here.

Market House is a traditional Shepherd Neame pub with a rooftop twist in Maidstone. Picture: Shepherd Neame
Market House is a traditional Shepherd Neame pub with a rooftop twist in Maidstone. Picture: Shepherd Neame

Market House, Maidstone

I did say there was more than one rooftop bar in Maidstone! When you’ve finished your shopping spree at Fremlin Walk or want a pre-theatre drink before heading to the Hazlitt Theatre, the Market House is waiting for you. This Shepherd Neame pub has an unsuspected hidden gem in its rooftop terrace - something you don’t often find in a traditional boozer. With plenty of outdoor seating, it’s a great spot to escape the busy high street and grab a pint and bite to eat in the peace and quiet. Tuck into robust pub grub or choose from tapas-style small plates for a true holiday feel, all while you watch the world go by.

Where: 30 Earl Street, Maidstone, ME14 1PS

When: Sunday to Thursday, 12pm to 11pm, and Friday to Saturday, 12pm to 2am

For more information, click here.

Enjoy an unforgettable dinner at The Swan restaurant at Chapel Down. Picture: Instagram/The Swan
Enjoy an unforgettable dinner at The Swan restaurant at Chapel Down. Picture: Instagram/The Swan

The Swan at Chapel Down, Tenterden

If you’re looking for more than two pints of lager and packet of crisps, The Swan is a stunning restaurant where you can enjoy a truly memorable occasion. The 2AA rosette restaurant has a beautiful rooftop terrace where you can soak up the atmosphere with al fresco dining and an extensive list of award-winning wines. Looking out over the Chapel Down vineyard, you can sip a glass of red, white or rosé wine taken straight from the vines below - it doesn’t get much more local than that. Experience an elegant meal and breathtaking view as the sun sets, and you’ll soon discover this rooftop spot is one to remember.

Where: Chapel Down Winery, Small Hythe Road, Tenterden, TN30 7NG

When: Thursday to Saturday, 12pm to 11pm, Sunday and Wednesday, 12pm to 5pm, and Monday and Tuesday, 12pm to 3pm

For more information, click here,

Buoy and Oyster doesn't have a rooftop bar, but the veranda looks out over Margate beach. Picture: Instagram/Buoy and Oyster
Buoy and Oyster doesn't have a rooftop bar, but the veranda looks out over Margate beach. Picture: Instagram/Buoy and Oyster

Buoy and Oyster, Margate

It’s not quite a rooftop, but halfway there isn’t bad and, with its stunning views over one of Kent’s most beloved beaches, it’s still worth a mention. Rather than a rooftop, guests can sit out on the veranda overlooking Margate beach while the sea breeze blows and flavoursome fresh oysters are served to your table. There is also a specialist vegan menu for those who prefer a plant-based meal. If you’re not feeling peckish, you can always order yourself a handmade cocktail created by the trained cocktail bartenders. Since husband and wife team Simon and Nadine opened the restaurant and bar in 2015, it has become a top dining spot for both residents and visitors alike.

Where: 44 High Street, Margate, CT9 1DS

When: Monday to Sunday, 12pm to 9pm

For more information, click here.

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