Angela’s Rooms: Sustainable Style on Margate’s Sea Front

Angela’s is an unassuming seafood restaurant overlooking the harbor in Margate, on the tip of East Kent. Moments from the beach, it serves simple, local seafood and seasonal vegetable dishes. Round the corner is Dory’s, Angela’s “little sister”—an informal seafood bar. It too is known for its impeccable sourcing, minimal waste, and pared-back cooking.

“Our philosophy for both Angela’s and Dory’s is an uncomplicated one,” says co-owner Lee Coad. “We will always consider our people and our planet first, working directly with growers, fishermen. and suppliers who understand how to make the most of their produce and, at the same time, minimize the impact on our environment.” Lee has carried this philosophy through to a trio of new rooms, which now occupy the top floors of this narrow, Georgian terrace. “When designing the rooms, we put people and the planet first. But instead of fisherman, farmers, and ethical produce—this time it was designers, producers, and well-sourced materials.”

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Above: Room two above Angela’s.

The rooms—which start from £380 for a two-night stay—are Lee’s first interiors project. “The research took a long time,” he says, “but I decided very quickly that however much I liked an item, if it didn’t fit into our ethos, it wasn’t going in. The design grew organically from there.” What were three “slightly tired” Airbnb rooms are now fresh, original seaside suites incorporating locally crafted marbled wallpaper, mycelium grown lamps, re-dyed waste wool rugs, cork floors, recycled and bio-plastic furniture, and bone china cups made using waste fish bones from the restaurant. Join us for a look:

the table tops are by smile plastics who design sustainable materials made from 10
Above: The table tops are by Smile Plastics who design sustainable materials made from waste plastics collected from a variety of post-consumer and post-industrial sources. The legs are made by Tiptoe – another “eco-responsible” furniture supplier.

Room two is wrapped entirely in marbled paper handmade by the local maker, Natascha Maksimovic: “This is the first time I have been commissioned to hang an entire room,” she explains. “Together, we chose a color palette that echoes the view outside and I suggested this abstract marble pattern, where I move and sway the paper on the water surface to really enhance the fact that these wallpapers are created with water. Although each panel is printed individually – and is therefore a unique piece – they sit alongside each other beautifully.”

overlooking the harbour. “we worked closely with margate based clue 11
Above: Overlooking the harbour. “We worked closely with Margate-based Clueit Webb to source a range of fabrics for the rooms,” explains Lee. “The bright blue 100% Laneve wool is from Camira, and is traceable right back to the individual farms. It is produced using non-metallic dyes.”
the coffee cups above have been made by carly breame who makes bone china using 12
Above: The coffee cups above have been made by Carly Breame who makes bone china using a combination of Angela’s fish bone waste, oyster shells, scallop shells and mussel shells. Ceramics have also been supplied by Bridget McVey, the founder and headteacher at Clayspace Studios, a nearby, not-for-profit social enterprise that provides workshops for the community.
“because of how we believed this should be done, we had to make sacrific 13
Above: “Because of how we believed this should be done, we had to make sacrifices,” Lee explains. “The bathrooms weren’t to our taste, but there was nothing physically wrong with them, so we worked with them instead of ripping them out and starting again. We reused what we had so as not to create more landfill.”
a smile plastics bench area in the dressing room. repurposed red carpet tiles h 14
Above: A Smile Plastics bench area in the dressing room. Repurposed red carpet tiles have been used in all dressing areas. “This is waste produced by the events industry,” Lee explains. “The event industry generates an incredible amount of unnecessary waste for short term visual gain. We discovered flooring companies that are repurposing them again and again in order to make the initial, poorly conceived, product last longer.” These were sourced from Carpet Tile Wholesale.
room one is painted in lakeland’s minty fresh pointe. there ar 15
Above: Room one is painted in Lakeland’s minty-fresh Pointe. There are no TVs in the rooms – only a House of Marley bluetooth speaker made from bamboo, recycled fabrics and aluminium and reground silicone.
the seating area in room three. “we found that a good source of mod 16
Above: The seating area in Room Three. “We found that a good source of modernist design is from pre-used
office furniture companies,” says Lee. “We searched for reception furniture on Kings Office Furniture. We’ve also used local shops, including Junk Deluxe, Scott’s, Cliftonville Antiques and New Street Antiques.”
all three rooms have cork flooring supplied by the colour flooring company: &am 17
Above: All three rooms have cork flooring supplied by The Colour Flooring Company: “The production process here is so rigorous that even the wood dust from the factory floor is swept up and burned to fuel the machinery,” explains Lee.

In each room, Lee has openly shared his sources: “We have designed the rooms with careful thought and we wanted to share our research and knowledge with everyone. We want people to contact them and use what we have used, and, if you ever find good alternatives—to let us know. There is no point in being precious about where we get things from!”