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Places to eat in and around Whitstable, Kent?

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I have a friend staying in Whitstable this summer for 3 weeks. Because I'm English and once stayed there, they have enlisted me as their guide for all good things to eat.

Apart from the Sportsman for a gourmet feast, the harbour for fresh fish, and the lil French coffee shop in the high street, where else would you recommend? I've already suggested that a lot of the time to skip places to eat and take a picnic but maybe I have missed out on some gems. They will be traveling around a little and obviously are looking for local good food and local pubs.

I haven't been home in a couple of years so feel out of the loop!

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  1. Well, there's the oyster place in town (and it's the only place I know in town).

    A little further afield, a big recc for the Goods Shed at Canterbury. There's an all-week farmers market there and the restaurant uses the stalls as their main suppliers. Good lunch there about 3 years back.

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    1. re: Harters

      Yes, I forgot to list the Goods Shed. We too had some great lunches and picked up some great food there.

    2. Wheelers Oyster Bar on the High Street is the place to go for fish, but it's tiny. The Oyster Fisher Co has an unbeatable location on the Harbour, and it's alright but rather expensive. I've never managed to get in to the Sportsman, but it's meant to be great.

      There's also a good pub not that far from there in the countryside somewhere. I'll see if I can find the address.

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      1. re: greedygirl

        My husband & I preferred the oyster fishery which was fabulous to Wheelers. There is also a tapas bar in town Williams & Brown which was also excellent and very low key.
        We didnt make it to The Sportsman either but we only had 2 days!!
        Read's in nearby Favesham is Michelin quality (not sure about stars) and worth the trip for something special.

        1. re: condimentqueen

          The Sportsman got its first star in this years Michelin and Read's maintained their star.

      2. Thanks for the replies. All very valuable. Any more to add?