Family Run, Family Fun
We (Simon & Nadine Morriss) first opened our doors in 2015 in Nadine's hometown of Margate & the restaurant continues to grow & develop into what it is today, undergoing major refurbishment works in 2019 to create the all-day dining seafood bar & open plan kitchen.
Simon has been a chef since he was 15 when on a busy service working as a waiter was asked to "lend a hand" plating up. This led to an exciting 10 years of working in hotel & restaurant kitchens in Windsor until meeting Nadine & deciding to pursue a career together working throughout Europe. Working as a team in some of the highest quality chalets and privately owned villas & going on to work as an estate management couple in a privately owned estate in West Sussex.
We soon realised that home is where the heart is and after falling in love with an old cocktail bar in a Grade 2 listed building over looking the beach in Margate, the idea of Buoy and Oyster was born!
Our aim is to create a "fun dining" experience celebrating honest, local ingredients & creating food that makes you happy!
Margate is an incredible town with so much to do and we aim to create a "on holiday" at home feeling. Think cocktails, sea views, music & platters of fresh shellfish, relax & stay for the afternoon & most importantly have fun & unwind with your friends & family...that's what it's all about!
Now in our eighth year, we are incredibly proud to have been awarded 2AA Rosettes since 2019, won the coveted "Kent restaurant of the Year" in the Taste of Kent awards 2018, the "Best family business" in the Canterbury Business awards 2019, & won Kent restaurant of the year 2022 in the Muddy Stilettos awards
The tourist industry continues to grow in Margate & with an influx of new residents moving in to the area we are excited to be a part of the ever growing Margate food scene and our kitchen is open 7 days a week for all day dining 12-9pm
We were thrilled to welcome the brilliant Craig Edgell to the team as our head chef in 2019 who brought with him a wealth of experience having worked in many top restaurants throughout the county. He shares our passion for local produce, seafood, honest ingredients & creating a relaxed, welcoming & family friendly dining environment....& buoy does he cook an epic roast!
We are passionate about hospitality & this is echoed in our young & enthusiastic team, many of whom have been with us for many years & who take pride in helping our diners have a brilliant dining experience