The Swan in Sea Road in Westgate near West Bay offers something to suit everyone; from super food, a great range of drinks and a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
The main bar stocks a selection of real ales, premium lagers, quality wines, malt whiskies and special brandies. The sports bar with plasma screen shows Sky Sports and ESPN; there’s also a darts room, pool lounge and traditional pub games.
The restaurant has earned its quality reputation, serving sumptuous a la carte food in beautiful surroundings.
Diners have a great selection of quality wines to choose from and there is the option of a daily set menu at very reasonable prices.
Friday night is steak night at The Swan, with an impressive selection all served with mushrooms, onion rings, grilled tomatoes and homemade chips. You can also try a paella for a minimum of two people, but this must be booked in advance.
The Swan carvery is second to none, and is available from noon until 5pm every Sunday, and again, booking is advisable because it is very popular. A varied selection of roasts with fresh vegetables plus vegetarian options are among the tasty treats for diners.
For outside dining and drinking try our beer garden. Our landscaped surroundings with potted plants and flowers are a splendid alfresco setting.
The Swan is popular for functions, which is hardly surprising, with its fully air conditioned ground floor ballroom and bar; catering for a range of events including wedding receptions, anniversaries, birthdays and business seminars.
Originally consisting of a farm and a few cottages, local businessmen in 1860 developed the area in northeast Kent beside St Mildred’s Bay and West Bay as a seaside resort for the middle classes.
Its two sandy beaches remain popular today. Sea walls and groynes were built around both bays to provide protection for both beaches and town from coastal flooding.
A Royal Naval Air Service seaplane base was located here during World War I in order to protect the Thames Estuary and its coastal towns. After the war, the base was de-commissioned and its replacement at Manston eventually became Kent International Airport.
The town of Westgate is located on the Isle of Thanet, which, until around two hundred years ago, was a separate island from the mainland, which became exposed above sea level when the English Channel broke through between the Kent and French coast causing the sea level to fall. Due to silting of the channel in between, is no longer so and the chalk deposited when the area was below the sea has resulted in the area being designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).