The Place to be – Folkestone Harbour arm
Since 2014, Folkestone’s Harbour Arm has been renovated to provide a wonderful public space for people to enjoy. It is open daily for promenading and is home to vibrant and exciting food and drink venues.
The Spring 2021 opening sees the Arm double the number of traders offering food, drink and entertainment. This is one of Kent’s most visited seaside attractions, visitors have been able to take advantage of the unique perspective the Arm offers the town of Folkestone. The stunning views of the cliffs and across the channel to France are there to be enjoyed.
There is a table service in operation. If you want food, find a table and order from the QR code on your table that links to the Yoello website. All the traders menus are here and they will receive your order. As always when the Harbour Arm is busy, there may be a wait for your order.
Discover what the arm has to offer
Folkestone’s Harbour Arm is known for its food vendors; you can find fantastic vegan food in the East Yard at Dr Legumes; feast on the deliciously freshly-baked bread and beer from Docker Brewery and Bakehouse (as featured on ITV’s James Martin’s Great British Adventure.) Bobbies Bakehouse provides beautiful freshly cooked bagels. The team have also opened the Taco Shed in The Goods Yard, and are behind Dinos, a pizza restaurant on the Arm itself.
The Harbour Coffee Company have some really cool toasties on offer, and the best coffee in Folkestone? Why not try it to compare. Sole Kitchen is their sister business serving the freshest caught and cooked fish. The Fish Shack is serving in The Goods Yard too.
If you fancy something to drink there are many options: you could go for something sparkly at the Lighthouse Champagne Bar, situated right at the end of the Arm, with stunning views to France and back over the town. Wild Box is the new cocktail bar which aims to bring music and laughter, and very good cocktails all year round. The Brewery of Angels and Demons will be serving in The Goods Yard, where you can get locally brewed beers.
regular traders and new business
The Big Greek Bus has had a child, you can now get halloumi fries from both the Big and Little Greek Buses. If you have been longing for poffertjes (Dutch pancakes) and moules frittes then Go Dutch is here! You can top it all off with ice cream from the Hungry Hippy Food Company. Barney and the Pizza have fired up their oven in The Goods Yard to serve wood-fired pizza with amazing toppings. Barney’s happy to be next to Charlie who runs the new Mini Golf set up, so have a round before or after tea. The Bao Baron has grown over the winter of 2020 and is now a regular on the Arm: get your Korean Chicken here.
Mark Sargeant’s Pilot Bar is on the beach-side of the Harbour Arm. Regulars Baba Ji, Smokey Folks and That Burger are catering for your curry needs, home-smoked goods and burger fixes. The Waiting Room has been working on its wine list over lockdown. They’re ready to serve you some delicious drinks with your pizzas, Vada Pevs and more.
Hog and Hop, the Pullman Family outlet on the Harbour Arm returns again. Not Just Ribz has morphed into The Meat Shack and is ready with gravy to sate your appetites. With Harbour Hot Dogs next door you can really find something to suit everyone. A Hui Hou is another new trader joining the team, offering Hawaiian-influenced poke bowls of goodness, for breakfast, lunch and supper.
The Harbour Marketplace
Whenever you choose to visit, make sure one day is a Sunday for the weekly market. Local artisan makers and designers fill the Harbour Station with an amazing array of goods. There’s vintage clothing, pottery, paintings and jewellery and a lot more to discover. Open from 10am to 4pm every Sunday from April to September.
The Harbour Arm remains part of the working harbour and its renovations have ensured that each fixture and fitting is both in keeping with the heritage, but also practical for day to day uses.
Please be aware, when walking with family and pets, that the edge of the quay must be available for the use of vessels docking alongside the Arm. There are double chains, supported by stanchions, in place as per other working ports and current Health and Safety regulations.
The Harbour Arm takes its duty of care seriously to all visitors, and ask that all visitors also show that same duty of care to ensure that people, or pets, that they are responsible for, are suitably supervised when visiting the Harbour Arm.
The Harbour Screen
Since 2014, the Harbour Arm has shown itself to provide great entertainment for all the family. 2021 promises a big summer of sport, and what better way to watch than on The Big Screen. The Goods Yard, where the screen is situated, offers many street food options so you can eat, drink and watch in the fresh air.
The renovated Harbour Arm in Folkestone is one of the town’s main attractions. All year round there are stunning views of the town, White Cliffs and looking out across to France. It’s a place to promenade, meet friends and get a perspective on Folkestone, and life in general.
Photo Credits: Andy Aitchison and William Keeler