We had a lovely day in Whitstable, Kent recently. I always think of the Kent coast as a long way from where we live, but the journey was really simple and quick. It might have been something to do with the fact few people are up that early on a Saturday morning…
We went to Whitstable to catch up with some friends we hadn’t seen in ages. There are so many people I want to catch up with since moving back to England, but the logistics of moving, settling in, and a Toddler, mean it’s taking far longer than I would like to snatch an hour or two to catch up on the fast few years. So I was thrilled to get a whole day with these guys. One of these friend’s is Naomi Goggin, award winning Professional Photographer, so a couple of snaps are her’s (I think you’ll be able to guess which are the Mama with the Iphone, and which are done by a pro). Her website is here, and I cannot recommended her enough.
Because we were there to see our Friends, we didn’t do much touristy type stuff. We did really enjoy walking along the seafront, piles high with Oyster shells. And navigating through the windy street filled with cute little pubs and shops. stopped for Breakfast at the Windy Corner Stores & Cafe. A cute little spot, just one Street back from the seafront. They had simple, but tasty breakfast options, and are dog and child friendly. This was really put to the test when Intrepid Bebe was hooning around the entire Cafe, and using her water squirting camera to “take pictures”.
Intrepid Bebe loved rushing around on the beach, scaling the shingle, and investigating the fish market. We stopped for lunch at a fish & chip shack right on the beach. They have a selection of Oysters, so you can sample to local delicacy. I ordered skate, not knowing it’s a type of Ray, and full of bones-top tip; don’t order Skate unless you like bones in your fish!
We got incredibly lucky with a long pram nap, so managed to steal an hour in one of the lovely whitstable pubs. it was full of a local artist group, which we had spotted earlier down at the harbour. They were showing one another their drawings, and it was lovely to earwig on their conversation.
With all the catching up, and the eating, we didn’t see everything Whitstable has to offer. But here are a few other things which re on my wish list for next time:
Wheelers Oyster Bar– I couldn’t resist taking a photo of this fabulous looking little restaurant. It’s come highly recommended from everyone I’ve spoken about it to since.
Afternoon Tea at the Bears Trading Company
As a trained Clinical Pilates Instructor, who rarely finds the time to get to new classes these days, I would love to get a chance to go to the Pilates Studio Whitstable
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East Quay looked like a simply stunning spot for a Wedding (or other function), I just need to persuade someone to get Married there!
The Harbour Garden Cafe looks like the perfect spot fro lunch on a sunny day.
The not for profit Umbrella Cafe, with it’s tasty menu and program activities is certainly somewhere I’d like to head to on another visit.