Harden's survey result
“With its unmissable, pink exterior, the original Wheelers” (est. 1856, and for a time the base of a now-defunct mini-chain) – this “tiny”, “snug” and “eccentric” oddity feels “a little like eating in the back room of a small house, decorated in a ‘domestic style’, with ornaments on the mantelpiece and patterned tablecloths, and with tables a little packed-close”. “But, it has a brilliant professional kitchen out back” and serves “exceptional” fish and “truly excellent seafood” (“so local oysters are a must-have”), while the ability to “BYO makes it very good value”. “You need to book well in advance”, although it’s “easier to get a table now the extension has been built” with the capacity recently doubled to about 30.
“You could be forgiven if you thought you were eating in someone’s living room” at this “quirky”, “casual and basic” institution (est. 1856), where you eat “in a tiny back parlour that maybe seats 14-16 people”; and which “serves superbly fresh seafood” with “oysters a speciality”. “It’s not licensed, but there’s a good selection of wines offered in the off-licence opposite”.
“Revamped but still maintaining the original eating parlour” – this “quirky, mildly eccentric, and very English” institution (est. 1856) has survived enlargement largely unscathed, and still provides “a bizarre environment – like eating in someone’s front room” – that’s “as cosy as a teapot”. But “the modest frontage belies the superb cuisine inside”, where “sublime” yet “unfussy” seafood dishes are served at “fair prices”, and “BYO makes it a very good value experience” indeed. “I have had so much fun sitting in the ‘shop’ and falling into the most entertaining conversations with all types of people from a celebrated yet humble sax player, to a local plasterer, to a TV actor…”
“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”.
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"
|Wine per bottle||£25.00|
8 High Street, Whitstable, CT5 1BQ
|Monday||10:30 am-9 pm|
|Tuesday||10:30 am-9 pm|
|Thursday||10:30 am-9 pm|
|Friday||10:30 am-9:30 pm|
|Saturday||10 am-10 pm|
|Sunday||11:30 am-9 pm|