Exploring UK | Whitstable, Kent

I never used to eat raw oysters. Perhaps it was because my first time trying it was with an oyster that wasn’t very fresh and thus, was really fishy *gags*. But I’ve since grown to love oysters; if anyone is wondering, Richard Haward’s oysters at Borough Market was the game changer.

Anyway, a quick Google search showed that the town of Whitstable in Kent is famous for their annual oyster festival. And Whistable was nary an hour away by train from Central London! Sweet. I texted a few friends and that weekend, we were on our merry way to oysterland.

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Fried-to-order, crisp whitebait. Perfect with a drizzle of lemon.
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Dum dum dum – so many kinds of oysters native to Whitstable!
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Sooooo many oyster(shell)s
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We had pre-lunch at Wheelers Oyster Bar. 
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I love that the restaurant area was called “Oyster Parlour”. It was fully booked but we managed to get the only 4 seats at the booth…
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With a wonderful view.
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Our first taste of Whitstable oysters!

Whitstable had plenty of beautiful beach houses as well. Some lucky folks get to live on the beachfront. They must be happy folks too.

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Is this Spain or England?

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I adore that reading room with massive window. No painting needed when you have nature.

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Whitstable is quite the pastel dream, innit?

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After much strolling around and ducking into vintage boutiques and townhall food market, it was time for lunch at the Old Neptune.
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Classic English fish & chips, with a side of Whistable Bay Blonde Lager…
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And also an incredible unobstructed view of the sea.

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Ciao Whitstable! I’ll be back – perhaps a weekend trip staying over in one of the old fisherman’s hut?

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