Original article from Kent Live
The title of the Kent Riviera has been claimed by the people of Thanet.
But there's a place near Folkestone that seems to enjoy the Riviera moniker too – and certainly lives up to it.
Sandgate is a village that lies next door to Folkestone.
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It's known for its colourful houses, golden beaches and seafront bars.
Some of the best properties in the area lie on a hillside overlooking the English Channel.
One of these streets is called Riviera Road. Another is simply called Riviera.
Most of the houses are detached with balconies and decking areas affording spectacular views.
But the housing is just as impressive in the main village, where terraced townhouses and colourful beachside cottages abound.
The area is swimming in quality hospitality too.
The longstanding Ship Inn stands out given its proximity to the seafront, decking area and quality food.
The restaurants are numerous – a Thai called Ti Luck's, Comemos Deli Cafe, an Indian called Green Spice, an Italian called Roka Pizza, a swanky high-end option called Sandgate Vaults.
All are very well reviewed.
There's also a fair bit of history – St Paul's Church is beautiful, as is what remains of Sandgate Castle.
An artillery fort originally constructed by Henry VIII, coastal erosion destroyed much of the southern part.
What was left was restored in the 1970s by a well-meaning couple who turned the keep into a private residence.
H.G. Wells lived at Spade House in Sandgate, and it was also the birthplace of comedian Hattie Jacques.
The village is also the location of the Shorncliffe Redoubt, a Napoleonic era earthwork fort associated with Sir John Moore and the 95th Regiment of Foot, known as the 95th Rifles.
But it's in modern times that Sandgate seems to have thrived most.
It's probably the wealthiest village in the Folkestone area, and also the most beautiful.
In fact, we'd say it ranks pretty well compared to the whole county.
It might just be the real Kent Riviera.