Oysters, sunsets and sea swimming in Whitstable & Tankerton
Just 20mins by car from the city, you’ll find the charming seaside town Whitstable and the nearby boutique community of Tankerton. This is a place to wander at your leisure, taking in the beautiful views and pausing for snacks and drinks at any one of the amazing restaurants and foodie shacks on the seafront and in the town.
In Whitstable, you'll spot people strolling along the shingle beach, enjoying the freshest seafood, incredible views and taking a dip in the sea all year round. The sea is surprisingly warm during the summer months, so it's well worth a beach picnic! After your swim, the iconic Old Neptune Pub sits on the seafront near the yawl and is a prime location for a drink and enjoying the amazing sunsets.
The town is also home to many independent shops and you can delight in the high street’s bohemian charm, particularly in Harbour Street with art galleries, boutiques, gift shops and plenty of family-owned businesses with individual style. Browse for vinyl, books, clothes and fresh produce, and then head up to the super cute Whitstable Castle for afternoon tea with great views. A visit to the revitalised South Quay Shed is a must for shopping and snacks.
And no one should come to the area without sampling the world-famous oysters. Sit down at The Whitstable Oyster Company or Wheelers Oyster Bar, or go rustic with half a dozen and a beer from The Forge Oyster Shack on the sea front. Or for a real treat, book well in advance for the Michelin-starred The Sportsman restaurant at Seasalter.
A short stroll away is the nearby Tankerton-on-Sea, which has a host of delights for shoppers, swimmers and strollers with lovely independent shops up high and great places to eat and enjoy a drink. The famous Tankerton Slopes and beach, decorated with bright colourful beach huts and you can spot the Maunsell Sea Forts, anti-aircraft defence used in WWII, out at sea.
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