Owners Alistair Dixon and Robert Stone took over The Bay Tree three years ago and are now realising their ambitions, not only of setting up one of the best hotels in Broadstairs but of introducing a new, informal and relaxed dining experience to the town.
The Bay Tree Hotel restaurant is a seven day a week, 365 day a year operation serving light lunches, afternoon teas and dinners.
Alistair and his chefs carefully source all the ingredients from the local area. The English breakfast includes free range eggs from Woodlands Farm in Canterbury, bacon from Independent Trotters and sausages from WA Hazell’s Butchers. Guests often comment on the options available, for instance, scrambled eggs are offered two ways, soft and creamy, as is popular on the continent, or dry and fluffy, as is the style in many British seaside hotels.
During the warmer months guests can enjoy afternoon teas or early evening drinks on the hotel terrace which overlooks the sea.
With its location minutes from Stone Bay but interior design worthy of a Michelin star restaurant, The Bay Tree aims to satisfy a range of tastes and needs. Those straight off the beach might appreciate a light lunch of eggs benedict or an ice cream, whilst those who have travelled from further afield can enjoy the local catch of the day or Rib Eye steak with double cooked chips.
For the Kentish cheeseboard, Alistair wanted to showcase the key types of cheese and those served include local cheeses made from ewe’s milk, cow’s milk and sheep’s milk.
Says Alistair, “We are extremely lucky to have such fantastic produce grown, reared and caught so close to the hotel. We source as locally as possible but quality is paramount so sometimes we need to source from further afield.”
This will be particularly true in the colder months, given the past two winters which have seen the Kentish Countryside covered in snow. However, this won’t stop the team at The Bay Tree who will be serving a traditional Christmas menu throughout the festive season and a special celebratory breakfast for those waking up at the hotel on Christmas morning.