SquareMeal Review of The Pearson's Arms
After years as a battered old seaside boozer, the Pearson’s Arms is now leading a new life as one of Whitstable’s more stylish destinations – courtesy of TV chef Richard Phillips. From the outside you probably wouldn’t give this place a second glance, but the bland exterior hides a cheerful mix of open fires, wood floors, sturdy tables, old-school chairs & leather sofas, with a spacious, light-filled dining room providing sea views & classic gastropub food. The menu is a judicious mix of European ideas, with seasonality taking centre stage. Chalked up on the board might be lobster & prawn cocktail or shellfish bisque, with mains of wild boar & apple sausages, cod & chips or slow-roast belly pork. There are plenty of affordable wines on offer, with a reasonable selection by the glass.
About The Pearson's Arms
Charming seaside pub The Pearson Arms, which sits just a stone’s throw from Whitstable’s waterfront, may not look like an awful lot from the outside but head inside and you will be treated to a menu of beautiful modern European dishes. With a focus on seasonal, locally-sourced food, the cosy nature of the pub makes it a perfect place to escape to on colder days and it also benefits from great sea-views.
From the outside, the pub looks old-school through and through with its painted white front, and tucked-away entrance. However, inside the stripped-wood walls, blackboards and spaced out tables lend a more modern air to the pub.
A variety of different food menus are on offer at The Pearson’s Arms, beginning with a set lunch menu available Monday to Friday. Dishes on the lunch menu vary from starters such as grilled herring fillets with salsa verde and black olives, to classic main courses such as gammon, egg and chips, and at just £15 for two courses you can’t go wrong with it.
The main a la carte menu is far broader and served every day. A selection of snacks including a black pudding scotch egg and a home-made sausage roll can be enjoyed whilst you wait. Appealing starters range from a smoked mackerel mousse served with horseradish crème fraiche and pickled cucumber, all the way through to a classic moules marinière. Whereas, for main course you might go for the confit duck leg served with chorizo & butterbean cassoulet and Purple Sprouting Broccoli, or the classic burger.
To finish, desserts include a warm chocolate fondant with honeycomb, and a rhubarb and orange crumble. There is also a separate vegan and vegetarian menu available too.
When it comes to drinks, there are a range of different beers available as well as an impressive list of wines.