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The striking pink and blue facade is a Whitstable landmark (founded in 1856) and this commendable oyster-bar-cum-restaurant serves first-rate seafood. The front room is a diminutive Victorian
seafood bar with just four seats serving mainly shellfish and salads to eat in or takeaway. The cluttered, old fashioned back dining room seats a dozen or so people and deals in very fresh fish
straight off the boats - delivered by chef Mark Stubbs in a bold style, say whole local lobster set in a warm crab and thermidor tart with buttered asparagus, and glazed vegetables or halibut
with crab, avocado and lime cocktail with roast pepper and goat’s cheese dressing. It is essential to book and don’t be surprised to find weekend evenings booked several months in advance,
even in winter. BYO as the restaurant is unlicensed. Note no credit cards taken.
As far as British sea-side towns go, few evoke more charm and heritage than Whitstable. There’s the old harbour, still lined with fishing boats from another era… There’s the narrow alleyways and rolling green slopes, all of which lead straight down towards the pebble rock beach… There’s the bustling High Street, with the quaintest of [...]
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