Fish & Seafood Restaurants in Whitstable
1. Wheelers Oyster Bar Fish & seafood restaurant in Whitstable 8 High Street - CT5
“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.
2. Whitstable Oyster Fishery Co. Fish & seafood restaurant in Whitstable Royal Native Oyster Stores, Horsebridge - CT5
“A fantastic, atmospheric location on the beach at Whitstable, plus supreme seafood” is an enduring recipe for success at this “lovely venue, in a candle-filled, rustic, quirky space” – both “large and lively but also with intimate tables”. “It’s not clever cooking, but they use good quality fish and the oysters are excellent”. “Service can be a little off-kilter at times” but escaped any serious flak this year.
3. Pearson’s Arms British, Traditional restaurant in Whitstable The Horsebridge, Sea Wall - CT5
“Quaint” old pub (downstairs) and restaurant (upstairs) “with great views over the beach” to the Thames Estuary. Chef Richard Phillips’s versatile menus encompass a “good-value” set lunch, and are marked by a “good use of fish and local ingredients”. “Slow service” can be a bugbear.
4. Crab & Winkle Fish & seafood restaurant in Whitstable South Quay, Whitstable Harbour - CT5
“Excellent fish and seafood, especially oysters” come at “reasonable prices” in this unassumingly decorated harbour-view café, also boasting its own agreeable terrace.
5. The Lobster Shack Restaurant Fish & seafood restaurant in Whitstable East Quay - CT5
“Just about the best lobster and fries I’ve ever had – for under £20!” – the appeal of this good-value spot “well hidden” by Whitstable harbour, with outdoor tables overlooking the sea. They excel by serving line-caught fish and local shellfish “just kept simple”. Just one quibble this year: “why no puddings?”. Sister venue the Oyster Shed is nearby.
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