Sunday, December 06, 2009

Whitstable - "The Pearl of Kent"

Hi and welcome to my blog. 100th post!

For many Londoners who live in the South East of London it is just a short 60 minute drive to Whitstable. In recent years Whitstable has had a renaissance and the price of property, including the famous beach huts, rose by leaps and bounds.

It has a thriving fishing industry and a harbour. It is THE place for oysters, (hence its fame as the "pearl" of Kent) and has a fish market that sells a range of fresh fish. Oysters have been harvested here since Roman times.

There are numerous pubs and this first photo shows one of them: The Ship Centurion, which won the 2007 Kent "Pub of the Year" Award.

It's a British seaside town with real character. I hope you enjoy the photos.

Thanks for coming. The next issue will be in a couple of weeks. The Christmas Issue!


St Alphege's Church, built in
the 1840s. It was close to
Remembrance day, hence the
poppies. Make sure you read
the sign to the right of the
memorial. A fine place to collect
your poppy!!

The High Street

The Royal Naval Reserve pub. Have a look at
the menu. Typical british pub fare!

Another pub and hotel and a striking building.
The Duke of Cumberland

Typical lane with the slatted
buildings that I love

Oyster paradise. I believe you have to book
up far in advance to be sure of a table. If you
click on the link you can see a sample menu

Kent beaches are mostly pebble. The wooden
breaks are known as "groins"

Another view of the restaurant

The oysters themselves, yummy - shame
about the cholesterol.....

Part of the sea front

Close up, though a bit of a face lift would be
in order for Stag Cottage. Spot the seagull
(its bottom!). Perhaps it's the only resident!

Looking over towards the harbour

A sea of snails

The colourful harbour. The other industry of
Whitstable apart from tourism, but which, of
course, adds to the tourist attraction

Sand and gravel

View towards the top end of the harbour

Another example of the
traditional white slatted

Whitstable Alley Ways grew as residents
needed more access to the sea from the High
Street. They were also convenient escape
routes for Kent smugglers of tobacco and spirits,
and people during the Napoleonic wars

High Street Oyster Bar

Young seagull with its baby plumage

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