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Cafe goes back to its roots

By Isle of Thanet Gazette  |  Posted: May 17, 2013

By Rebecca Smith rebecca.smith@KRNmedia.co.uk

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O NE of Margate's traditional seafront cafes is returning to its roots with a mods-and-rockers makeover.

Angela's Cafe owner Jessica Woods has refitted the business with a small pinball parlour and photos referencing the cafe's origins in the 1960s showing local bikers and mods.

Jessica, who bought the business after leaving work for Transeuropa Ferries in Ramsgate, described it as "an homage to the heritage of the cafe" which was a bikers' den.

She added: "We are delighted with the end product and all our feedback has been hugely positive. Since opening, the cafe has already been used as a photo shoot location and has also been put forward for film location shoots."

The cafe has previously been used in a Dr Martens advertising campaign and a BBC drama.

Jessica is keen to keep the traditional seaside cafe feel with red, white and blue featuring strongly in the colour scene.

While the cafe is providing a classic cafe menu, burgers, jacket potatoes and other seaside staples, but also brunch options such as eggs benedict, eggs florentine, toasted English muffin with scrambled egg and smoked salmon.

Jessica has also introduced the cafe's own-recipe mackerel stack.

As well as catering for the traditional bikers "ride out" nights on Tuesdays. The first one will be on June 4.

Jessica, who originally hails from London, moved to Margate to be near her family.

She said: "At first it was strange, very different to what I was used to. It took a while to adjust but now I wouldn't live anywhere else – you get used to the open skies, don't you?"

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