Buoy and Oyster - Margate

“Cracking seafood dishes and beach views” - AA Inspector



Official Rating
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  •   Social distancing and safety measures in place
  •   Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
  •   Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
Opening status: Open
Our COVID-19 measures:
All staff temperatures taken before every shift, all team members wearing face masks, all customers temperatures taken upon arrival, hand sanitizer issued upon entering by host, hand sanitiser on every table ( local Kent Anno Gin brand) We are keeping with 1.5m-2 metre spacing throughout the restaurant to reduce risk of transmission and amount of team members on each shift. Paper napkins, disposable salt and pepper sachets. As we have reduced our covers by a 3rd we have introduced an all day dining menu and takeaway options to encourage guests to visit us at different times of the day.

Our Inspector's view

The trump card at this easygoing fish and seafood-oriented restaurant is its covered first-floor terrace overlooking Margate's sandy beach. Bare brickwork, an open kitchen and piscine artworks reinforce the maritime look to go with well-tuned modern British food whose focus is clearly, as the name suggests, on fish and seafood.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

2 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
Buoy and Oyster - Margate
44 High Street,MARGATE,KENT,CT9 1DS


  • Wheelchair accessible
Opening times
  • Closed: 25–26 December
Food and Drink
  • Cuisine style: Modern British, Seafood
  • Vegetarian menu

About the area

Discover Kent

The White Cliffs of Dover are an English icon – the epitome of our island heritage and sense of nationhood. They also mark the point where the Kent Downs AONB, that great arc of chalk downland stretching from the Surrey Hills and sometimes known as ‘the Garden of England’, finally reaches the sea. This is a well-ordered and settled landscape, where chalk and greensand escarpments look down into the wooded Weald to the south.

Many historic parklands, including Knole Park and Sir Winston Churchill’s red-brick former home at Chartwell, are also worth visiting. Attractive settlements such as Charing, site of Archbishop Cranmer’s Tudor palace, and Chilham, with its magnificent half-timbered buildings and 17th-century castle built on a Norman site, can be found on the Pilgrim’s Way, the traditional route for Canterbury-bound pilgrims in the Middle Ages. 

In the nature reserves, such as the traditionally coppiced woodlands of Denge Wood and Earley Wood, and the ancient fine chalk woodland of Yockletts Bank high on the North Downs near Ashford, it is still possible to experience the atmosphere of wilderness that must have been felt by the earliest travellers along this ancient ridgeway.

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