Chatham: places to eat and stay
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Chatham is a part of The Countrywide Great Tour route this summer. We reveal some of the best restaurants and places to stay in the north Kent town
The Countrywide Great Tour begins on 4 July 2015 and takes place over 64 days visiting various coastal locations across the UK. Cyclists will begin to arrive in Chatham on the afternoon of 8 August after a ride along the coast from Southend-on-Sea.
If you’re taking part yourself or supporting a friend or family member in the tour, there’s plenty on offer around Chatham. Hometown to a number of notable figures, including Charles Dickens and Tracey Emin, the bustling Medway town is known for its literary connections and the historic dockyard. Plus, it plays host to some delicious food and drink and relaxing places to stay.
Places to eat
Head to Whiffens Avenue to discover Nepalese and Indian fine dining with a contemporary twist, all produced from the freshest ingredients and spices. Don’t miss the lamb momo – a popular Nepalese dish of minced lamb dumplings with homemade chutney – follow it with the delicious-sounding Tandoori salmon tikka.
If you love Mediterranean food, then Selale on Chatham High Street is the place to go. Inspired by the cuisine of Turkey, Greece and Cyprus, the menu boasts an authentic mezze selection and mains ranging from the traditional mousakka to the popular mixed grill.
Owned by Aussie native Tracey, Boomers is a friendly coffee shop that boasts a taste authentic Australian food, from the heart of Chatham! Make sure you try the Bondi melt – that’s warm ciabatta with honey roast ham, pineapple and cheese.
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Places to stay
The Ship and Trades hotel and bar fuses Chatham’s naval heritage with modern interior design to create a chilled out place to stay on the marina. The 10 double rooms, and one twin room, are equipped with bath and shower, a hairdryer and tea and coffee-making facilities.
If you prefer a more homely experience, Blue Bell Hill is a comfortable bed and breakfast that prides itself on personal service and ensuring guests have a pleasant stay. The en-suite room has all the mod-cons and a full English breakfast is available to start the day in the best possible way.
This four-star spa hotel is situated just outside Chatham and boasts a tranquil courtyard at its centre and a health club and spa – complete with swimming pool, sauna and steam room. Snuggle up in a thick, fluffy bathrobe in one of the spacious superior rooms before heading down to the Squires restaurant and bar for a locally sourced feast.
Do you want to take part in the Great tour? To enter, head over to the Countrywide Great Tour website.