What to do when you're in Whitstable...
Let's just say the British seaside doesn't have the best reputation in the world, especially in Kent it's always overlooked, however I think it's severely underestimated and offers some of the best restaurants and natural landscapes. You might be thinking "but there isn't any sun in the UK?", ok so we're not the warmest country to exist but we've had one of our best summers this year and even if the weather isn't 30 degrees with cloudless skies, all you need is to be prepared. (BTW You might not even think 30 degrees is hot but when there is literally NO air conditioning ANYWHERE in the UK, so you're constantly sweaty and just end up sitting inside to escape the sweatiness and don't think you're gonna be sleeping at night unless you're equipped with an industrial sized fan, which we didn't have so no sleep for me yayyyy).
I wanted to share a few the restaurants we ate at and things to do around Whitstable, hopefully this inspires some of you to visit parts of the British seaside you wouldn't normally, perfect if you have dogs as almost everywhere is dog friendly!
Once we had arrived and unpacked it was only right that we had fish & chips from dinner, this was recommended to us as the best in Whitstable and it certainly lived up to. We waited around 20 minutes for it to be freshly cooked, I of course slathered mine in salt & vinegar (this was obviously now my cheat day) and the batter was perfection, I would go as far to call it art.
A beautiful traditional Old English pub right on the beach front, we had amazing views of the sunset and the food was exceptional. I chose the seafood platter, including a selection of prawns, dressed crab, half lobster, clams, mussels, it only felt right as the produce was so fresh and gave me my first taste of oysters (disclaimer: as much as I wanted to like them it felt like i had just swallowed the entire ocean outside, I'll try again in a few years).
Third night saw us at the Royal Native Oyster Store seafood restaurant just minutes walk along the beachfront, the quality of their produce was so fresh. We started with squid and scallops, and I followed it with more fish & chips (my clean eating was definitely taking a hit this week but I couldn't resist).
Honestly we chose this for breakfast one morning because it's my brother's name (strategic I know). Right in the high street it was a few minutes walk away, my brother who is gluten free had an adapted full english and I had a smoked salmon and scrambled egg bagel (seriously starting to crave meat that isn't fish right now).
We came across this little cafe in the high street for lunch and found an unexpected selection of gluten free sandwiches, honestly the hardest thing to find in the world. You never know how they're going to turn out but in the desperate search for something other than a bunless burger or grilled chicken for lunch my brother was more than keen to give it a go and ordered a gluten free tuna sandwich. By some miracle it genuinely looked and TASTED like a real sandwich, to the point where even I would eat it and that's saying something. We asked the waitress where the bread was from and it was Tesco's own brand, they said it was the best one they'd found and my brother agreed and he's probably tried every gluten free bread out there. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
One of my best friends from uni, who lives in Germany, was only back in the UK for four days before she was off to San Fransisco for two years (heartbroken and jealous all at the same time) so she came to spend the day with us before she went, the next time I see her will be in San Fransisco eekkkkk! My puppy who isn't too fussed by anyone and tends to ignore me 90% of the time is obsessed with Vicky and I think they were more excited to see each other than anyone else, so the dog whisperer kept Teddy happy for the day and we wandered along the beachfront up to Tankerton before heading back to spend the day at the house and then finally the Pearson's Arms for dinner. As much as both of us put up our fronts we were holding it in as we said goodbye, but don't worry Vicky I'm planning my trip to San Fran, I'll see your sassy self very soon.
Just a 20 minute drive away is Canterbury, home to the Archbishop and the cathedral. It is the prettiest little town I think I've ever been to, it's definitely one you should visit in your lifetime (just an hour train ride from central London). We took a 45 minute trip on a punting boat down the quaintest river and got to see the history which surrounds the town, a definite must! We then had lunch right on the side of the river, the one in the second picture down, and I never knew Canterbury had these beautiful places. The Old Weaver's Restaurant even served a gluten free spaghetti bolognese, highly recommended. There is loads to do, including hiring bikes for the day as well as wandering around the abundance of shops!