110 Nelson Road
Brilliant breakfasts, salad lunches, cakes and coffees, plus a selection of groceries that are perfect for holidaymakers.
36A High Street, Whitstable
A Whitstable classic, loved for its delicious sandwiches. You can buy a magazine while you sip your coffee.
4 Oxford Street, Whitstable
Whitstable’s most hipster-ish coffee house will make you the perfect flat white while you browse their elegantly-curated selection of books (including gorgeous kids’ books).
10 Oxford Street, Whitstable
This community cafe makes great, healthy food, and is full of thoughtful touches. It’s big garden makes it very family friendly.
3 Beach Walk, Whitstable
Hearty breakfasts and lunches very close to the eastern end of beach.
29 Harbour Street, Whitstable
This is an old-fashioned cafe in all the best senses of the word – perfect tea, cakes and traditional lunches. Their breakfasts are an underrated treat IMHO.
Whitstable is a foodie haven, but that means it can get very busy in summer months – please make sure you book ahead to avoid disappointment.
28A Harbour Street, Whitstable
This is a glorious lunch spot – tiny, with a short menu and a brilliant list of wines by the glass. Cocktails are served in the evening.
48 Harbour Street, Whitstable
Small sharing dishes that aren’t limited to Spain – and everything’s delicious. Ambitious diners can try the single rib of beef to share.
2 Herne Bay Road, Tankerton
Overlooking the sea at Tankerton Slopes, JoJo’s is an institution, serving sharing plates of mediterranean food in a beautiful setting. They now have a cocktail bar at the entrance. They only book two weeks in advance, which makes it easier to score a table than other places, as long as you plan ahead.
25 High Street, Whitstable
Family-friendly cafe serving excellent modern British food, with great veggie/vegan options. I’m obsessed with the waffles.
41 Harbour Street, Whitstable
A retro French bistro, perfect for moules or steak-frites.
Horsebridge Road, Whitstable
I’m not convinced by the downstairs pub, but the upstairs restaurant serves delicious food with lovely sea views.
49 Old Bridge Road, Whitstable
Excellent South Indian restaurant by the train station – this is a bit off the map, but always so fresh and delicious.
4 High Street, Whitstable
Lovely little local restaurant with good fish dishes, and excellent Sunday roasts.
Faversham Road, Seasalter
Unless you book months in advance, you’re unlikely to get a table in the summer, but this really is one of the best places to eat in the country, or indeed the world. Worth the wait.
Thank heavens for shingle beaches – no sand in your sandwiches here. Please check carefully for any litter after you leave, though.
1 Sea Wall, Whitstable
Black fisherman’s hut selling oysters, fish & chips, beers, teas, and – best of all – addictively good freshly fried doughnuts. Children will insist on watching the automatic machine do its work.
28A Harbour Street, Whitstable
Getting a second mention, because its tubs of salad, cold cuts, tortilla and custard tarts are excellent to take onto the beach and watch the sun go down.
60 Harbour Street, Whitstable
We are so lucky to have The Cheese Box – they exclusively stock unpasteurised English cheeses, local sourdough and pickles, and their knowledge is unsurpassed. A great way to make an easy picnic.
8 High Street, Whitstable
The famous pink restaurant is all very well, but the canny get takeaway crab tarts and baguettes from the counter at the front.
62 Harbour Street, Whitstable
Ice cream, sweets and vintage knick-knacks.
Ice Cream Van
The one on Whitstable Harbour, by West Quay
This is the best place for a 99 with a flake and rainbow sprinkles, and the owners will act as though your kid is the cutest thing they ever saw in their life. Ever.
Ossie’s Fish Bar
11 High Street, Whitstable
I’m going to put my cards on the table and call this the best fish and chips in Whitstable. Others will disagree – see below.
V C Jones
25 Harbour Street, Whitstable
Everyone else’s favourite fish and chips in Whitstable. Let’s not split hairs. This one has a wonderful 1950s interior, too.
24 High Street, Whitstable
My favourite Indian takeaway – always friendly and reliable too.
Oxford Street, Whitstable
This wonderful collection of food vans appears on the first Saturday of each month in the schoolyard of St Alphege Infants, but open to all. Track it down if you’re in the right place at the right time.
You won’t struggle to find places to drink in Whitstable – here are my three suggestions (plus the David Brown Deli, as above).
102 High Street, Whitstable
Craft gin, keg beer and prosecco; nothing else. This place is hands-down marvellous.
66 High Street, Whitstable
Perfectly-kept Kentish ales and ciders, scotch eggs and a gothic carnival interior, if you can imagine that. (N.B. no kids allowed).
High Street, Whitstable
Beautiful Victorian pub that punches above its weight with the quality of its live music.
It’s the perfect beach read – sea, shingle and the power of female friendship.