This will be part one of an ongoing short series that I aim to post one a week! In the last part of 2016 we travelled a fir bit and I’m yet to share my favourite foodie stops so here goes! First up is Whistable…
We spent a short weekend here for Dad’s 60th Birthday in early November and everything we ate was incredible!
Our foodie feast began on Saturday with lunch at The Oxford which was pretty much opposite where we were staying. The Oxford is a privately owned intimate restaurant offering Modern British food in a relaxed environment. They have rapidly built a reputation for quality and service and pride themselves on using the best produce that Kent has to offer, from well-respected local farms and fishmongers. The Oxford is open Wednesday to Saturday offering flavoursome and mouth-watering lunch and evening menus, and a traditional roast on Sunday lunchtimes, so make sure you stop by if you’re there when they’re open.
We had dinner on the Saturday night in the Whitstable Oyster Co. This is probably the most famous restaurant in Whitstable; they offer the freshest fish that’s simply cooked; they believe that the finest products speak for themselves and they really do. The restaurant is on the beach and offers stunning views of the company’s oyster ground. Plus inside the middle of the restaurant, you can see their underground storage which is filled with sea water to ensure the freshest food is delivered to your plate. It is pretty pricey but the service and how amazing the food is really makes up for it. I’d highly recommend if you’re visiting for a special occasion.
Our lunch stop on the Sunday was at Samphire as we wanted to fill up before the drive home and this place had caught our eye on the walk back to the car. We got super lucky as they were fully booked but someone didn’t turn up for their table, so we snuck on in there! Samphire is a Kentish Bistro where the style of food is simple with emphasis on great produce. They are know to showcase the best seasonal ingredients sourced from local farms, allotments and producers so that they are regularly changing the menus.
The one thing that I loved about each of these restaurants is that they all focus on local produce. Nothing beats local freshness!