We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

The Mad Hatter

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
9 Lombard Street, Margate CT9 1EJ, England
+44 1843 232626
Sat 11:30 - 17:30
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

87 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 87: English reviews
Westgate-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
95 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We managed to squeeze into one of the last Saturdays that the Mad Hatter opened - for those who don't know, he only ever opened on a Saturday. Pots of tea, great home-made cakes and interior decor that was beyond belief! Can't wait to read the autobiography.

Thank Dr_Paul_UK
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was lucky enough to be in Margate on February 4th to attend the last day ever of this amazing cafe. What a tragedy a truly eccentric British unique tea room , from the minuet one entered never a smile left your face fabulous people scrummy cakes Margate will never be the same .

Thank Val R
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Quaky, a little eccentric! But a lovely visit. Massive scone ( home made) very nice. Lovely china and service with a smile and a story. Plenty to look at from all the lovely photos on the wall.

Thank Sharon B
Colchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Looking for somewhere to have a cup of tea, we popped in here without previously knowing anything about it. Quite an experience! The decor is truly singular, with tinsel, Christmas decorations, Royal Family paraphernalia, and odd bits-and-pieces covering just about every surface. It is not a large place, and this does add to a feeling of quite a cramped space.... More 

Thank 916Andrew
Level Contributor
113 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

If you happened upon the Mad Hatter by chance, you would wonder what in Hell was happening....a Fawlty Towers experience! Michael, the owner, your Host, is quite a character and bakes all the most scrumalicious cakes himself and they are to die for......but you might die of thirst/hunger waiting! It's mad decor & random service are an acquired taste, but... More 

Thank TiggerSeaford
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

This tea shop is different you love it or hate it! £12 for tea and cake, which took over half an hour to come. The people sitting around us were regulars and loved it! I just felt a little squashed in. The downstairs could do with dusting. My father enjoyed his pot of tea and cake.

Thank Girlsawaydays
Level Contributor
16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

I went into the Mad Hatter with my mum spur of the moment for lunch. What an experience! The mad hatter is a lovely man encouraging us to look around the whole building and really friendly. The decor is whacky, so many things to look at and take in from tinsel to princess Diana to old Margate photos. I had... More 

Thank SouthEastTraveller11
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

We went here with freinds , it was a fun and magical place , the mad hatter could not have been more mad , but in a good way , lots to choose from , and the cakes where lovely , and good value for money

Thank Jackie B
Dunfermline, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
665 reviews
253 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 265 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

We had coffee and Victoria sponge and a surreal experience we will not forget in a very long time!!The service was warm and friendly.

Thank John L
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

If you like vintage or different places to be, you need to visit this place. Really lovely snacks! And off course you need to try the homemade cakes

1 Thank Ritapinto1

Travellers who viewed The Mad Hatter also viewed

Margate, Isle of Thanet
Margate, Isle of Thanet
Margate, Isle of Thanet
Margate, Isle of Thanet

Been to The Mad Hatter? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 16
British, Cafe
Restaurant features
Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Open Hours
11:30 - 17:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 Lombard Street, Margate CT9 1EJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Isle of Thanet  >  Margate
  • Phone Number: +44 1843 232626

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from The Mad Hatter staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?