Last weekend we decided on the spur of the moment to visit Whitstable. We love going down to the coast once in a while, more over the summer I admit, but winter can be just as beautiful. My husband wanted to get some fresh fish from the market and generally have a look around. Whitstable is a coastal town in East Kent. It’s bustling high street heads downhill and is full of independent shops, boutiques, greengrocers and butchers, and charity shops. There’s also art galleries and shops, and what seaside town isn’t complete without fish and chips!
We always park in a school next to the public library that opens up it’s playground at the weekend for a donation, and you can park there until 5pm. Then you’re free to wander down. The children needed the toilet, just a little way down the road there are clean public toilets.
Our favourite is taking in the charity shops, this time we got some clothes for the children, toy cars and a gravy boat and butter dish. We chose a fish and chip shop and ate inside the restaurant, which was delicious.
Once you reach the harbour, there are beach huts that are hired out by art and craft businesses, so you’ll find one of a kind pieces and meet the colourful people that run them. There’s a fish market attached to a very popular restaurant, where live lobster is available to pick and eat. We bought some fresh mackerel to eat later.
There are fishing boats of course in the harbour,they always look so quaint and old fashioned, but they’re all still working boats. There is a little beach you can sit on or throw stones into the sea, the tide was out when we got there and contrasting with the clear sky, it made for a stunning display, if a little muddy!
On the way back up we bought some bagged nuts from the greengrocer – extending the Christmas vibe. The children were tired by now and we were ready to go home. I admit I did glance wistfully at some of the cafes and art galleries, when we manage to go there child free we’ll take it a lot more leisurely.
Once home and the children were tucked up in bed – the sea air worked wonders – we cooked the fish simply, baked with new potatoes and salad. A perfect end to the day.
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