Need inspiration for your next escape out of London? Look no further than THE OUT x SUITCASE Magazine’s #RoadtripGO with The Curious Pear…
Embarking on the very first road trip as part of THE OUT x SUITCASE magazine’s collaboration, food and photography connoisseurs The Curious Pear – headed off on a scenic trip to the Kentish Coast. Leaving grey London behind courtesy of THE OUT and setting off in a Land Rover Discovery HSE – we’ve provided the highlights from the duo’s adventure below so you can get inspired for your very own adventure.
First arriving in the sleepy seaside town of Deal – where Georgian houses line shaded streets and painted sailboats rest on a pebbled beach. The Curious Pear parked up at The Rose, a must-visit restaurant and B&B with character-filled rooms and a seasonal and seafood-inspired menu.
They then spent the day exploring the town’s antique and bric-a-brac shops, a treasure trove of unusual items that are guaranteed to beat your London market finds. These included Taylor-Jones & Sons for quirky clutter or Hoxton Store if you are craving some Shoreditch-chic. Don’t forget Smuggler’s Records, a musician’s treasure trove.
Next up, was a coastal road trip through the yellow rapeseed fields to St Margaret’s Bay, that features the iconic South Foreland Lighthouse that serves as a beacon of the Kentish Coast. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy views of the surrounding beaches, and a well-deserved tea at Mrs Knotts Tearoom.
After a sun-soaked drive back to Deal, it was off to 81 Beach Street, for an evening celebrating Italian cuisine, with a 6-course menu created by expert chefs. With the day’s driving firmly finished, it was off for a nightcap at the delightful French wine bar, Le Pinardier.
After a final hearty breakfast at The Rose, it was back on the road for The Curious Pear. In no rush to get back to the city, the duo decided to take in a few more of the Kentish coast’s gems in the Spring sunshine. Of course, no trip would have been complete without some obligatory Wheeler’s of Whitstable Oysters, that blow any city Oyster bars’ quite literally, out of the water.
Finally, admitting that it was time to begin the journey back home, The Curious Pear stopped by the quintessentially British village of Rye, exploring postcard-perfect cobbled high streets and an afternoon tea at The Cobbles Tearoom. Refreshments finished, it was time to hit the road, perfect the playlist and head home, already dreaming of their next roadtrip.
Curious to see what others get up to with THE OUT? Check out what happened when Sophie Ashby and tailor Charlie Casely-Hayford hit the road with THE OUT.