The Reading Rooms in Margate has been shortlisted for a top travel award

Inside The Reading Rooms Photo Liam Nabb

The Reading Rooms in Margate has been shortlisted in the 2019 Food and Travel Reader Awards.

The venue, in Hawley Square, is a contender in the Hotel of the Year: Bed & Breakfast category.

Readers will now be invited to vote on the shortlist, with the company garnering the most votes in their category being crowned the winner on September 16 at a black-tie gala dinner, held at the Royal Automobile Club in London.

The Reading Rooms was opened by Louise Oldfield and Liam Nabb in 2009.

The couple, originally from Sheffield and Manchester respectively, met and lived together in Florence, Italy, in the early 90s. Liam juggled a career as a professional DJ with architecture studies.

Photo Clive Sax

They returned to live in East London at the end of the 90s, where they set up a creative design business. They moved to Margate in 2007.

Photo Clive Sax

The Reading Rooms is a luxury boutique bed and breakfast in a restored, Grade II Listed Georgian town-house. Built in the 1760’s, the house has three spacious guest-rooms, each covering an entire floor, with windows overlooking the tree lined Hawley Square.

Photo Louise Oldfield

Inspiration for The Reading Rooms’ name comes from Margate’s 18th century heyday, when visitors to the town were entertained in a variety of spas and reading rooms.

Photo Liam Nabb

There was a famous library on Hawley Square, called Bettison’s Library, which housed one of the largest collections of the finest journals of the era.

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