March 2016: Wheelers Oyster Bar is currently closed as a full restaurant for 3-4 months, and hopes to reopen fully at the end of June. Keep an eye on their Twitter account @wheelersob for daily updates. A tapas-style menu on the four bar stools at the front of the restaurant is currently running.
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“Like eating in Granny’s parlour… if Granny cooked fish to perfection”; the town’s oldest restaurant (est. 1856) is “one of the funkiest places you can eat in” – “a tiny room with only 14–16 seats” serving an “interesting menu of excellent seafood”, and “BYO helps make it a very good-value experience”. Let’s hope they don’t wreck it with a mid-2016 refurbishment, bringing a cocktail bar and “allegedly even toilets on site”.
“You will never experience anything else quite like it!” – this “quirky and pokey” local “institution” (est. 1856) only seats 16 people, and “the freshest local seafood is treated with sympathy and skill” to create “the best ever dishes”. “BYO does no harm to the final bill” either.
“Everyone should have a meal at least once”, at this “tiny” (16 seats), “quirky” and “utterly unbeatable” institution, established in 1856; the style is “homely (in a good way”), and the “amazing” seafood is “a fishlover’s dream come true”; no licence but BYO with no corkage.
“Some of the best food I have ever eaten!”; it’s “worth a trip from London” for the “oh-so special” experience of eating at this “unique” and “really fun” 16-seat “institution” (est. 1856), where the fish and seafood are almost invariably hailed as “exquisite” – “book months ahead”; if you want, you can BYO too.
Wheelers Oyster Bar Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Interesting menu of excellent seafood. BYO so it makes it a very good value experience.Tiny back parlour that only seats 14/16"
8 High Street, Whitstable, CT5 1BQ
Mon - Tues: 10:30am-9pm, Thurs: 10:15am-9pm, Fri: 10:15am-9:30pm, Sat: 10am-10pm Sun: 11:30am-9pm
Last orders: Mon & Tue 9 pm, Wed closed, Thur 9 pm, Fri 9.30 pm