We may be biased, but we think that Whitstable is a seaside town like no other, with its pretty independent shops, strong arts culture and rich maritime history – not to mention its super friendly, laidback atmosphere and great selection of cafes and pubs! Our main claim to fame is still our oysters, an industry for which we are very proud – so much so that they are celebrated every July at the Whitstable Oyster Festival. We also still boast a working harbour, where you can go and sample fresh fish and seafood straight off the boats! There’s something for everyone in Whitstable and we look forward to seeing you when you visit! We’ve asked our team for their own favourite places in the town, so here are our recommendations for you:
The Old Neptune
Destroyed and washed away by storms several times in the 1800s, but rebuilt and still going strong (albeit a bit wonky!) today! This charming pub on the beach is the perfect spot to soak up the sun and the very best place to watch the beautiful Whitstable sunset.
Whitstable Produce Store
A definite favourite with all of us at Just Shoes, this friendly cafe with locally made and sourced food is worth a visit for sure. Soak up the atmosphere of Harbour Street on one of their pavement tables or relax in their little sun trap of a courtyard garden.
David Brown Deli
Not only do they serve beautiful food and pastries/bread homemade by the man himself, but they also open late for drinks on a Friday and Saturday night, which is a definite favourite haunt amongst locals. You’ll often find us enjoying a vodka lime soda there on a Saturday evening after a busy day in the shops! Definitely try their hot roasted almonds to accompany your drink – incredible!
Located right on the beach, this is the best place to go and sample some of our fresh Whitstable oysters and watch them being shucked! Also serves great fish and chips – but what you really NEED to try are their fresh doughnuts! Described by Antony Worral Thompson as “the best on the Kent coast” but we’d say the country!