From the moment you land in Whitstable, whether by car (45 minutes from the M25) or train (1 hour 20 from Victoria or St Pancras), the clock is ticking to soak up the Whitstable experience you’ve heard so much about.
First stop, a hearty breakfast at Tea & Times. Choose a window seat for optimum people-watching over your full English and builder-strength brew. Dusting off the toast crumbs, step out onto Whitstable’s bustling high street to explore its many and varied independent shops. You’ll find fashion, footwear, art and design, records, homeware – modern and vintage – and more.
Stroll down vibrant Harbour Street towards the harbour where you’ll experience the working fish market, alongside restaurants and shellfish stalls. The shopping continues at the Harbour Market, where cottage industry craft and vintage retail displays alongside mouthwatering street food. http://harbourmarketwhitstable.co.uk/
Wander around the town’s industrial heart towards East Quay, turning right to pass the Town Beach huts – check out prices in local estate agents, you’ll be amazed! Pass the new Savoy Art Deco apartment block with penthouse suites and the Hotel Continental. Taking the low route along the sea front past more colourful beach huts, climb Tankerton Slopes with its protected wildlife up to the Marine Hotel. https://www.marinewhitstable.co.uk/
If you’re in need of something chilled and a nibble, grab one of the sea view tables where you can gaze out to the Second World War Maunsell Forts https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/maunsell-army-sea-forts and vast wind farm on the horizon. Fully refreshed, stay on Marine Parade and trail back towards Whitstable, passing the castle on your left and beautiful Tower Hill Tea Gardens with its low tide views of The Street shingle strip (try saying that after your lunchtime livener).
Back on the sea front, swing by The Forge at 1 Sea Wall for al fresco oysters or doughnuts, as the season or fancy takes you, before continuing along the seaward side of the town’s most desireable location location location Island Wall to The Old Neptune http://www.thepubonthebeach.co.uk/ All the sites taken in so far are highly Instagram-able but The Pub on the Beach tops the lot for your #sundowners shot. Best laid plans are forgotten as you linger longer and seize the day, tucking into fish and chips under the last pink rays of a West Beach sunset.
Later that night as you tumble into bed, full of sea air, you’ll imagine waking to the seagulls and pondering…hmm what’s for breakfast?