Nothing like a UK windy mini break to dust off those cobwebs. We realised we hadn’t been out of London this entire summer and forgot to schedule any time off to just ‘be’. We cancelled our holiday to Spain earlier this year and threw ourselves into renovations but were a little burnt out to say the least.
Just an hour and a half outside of London, Whitstable is one of those gorgeously quaint seaside towns, with houses that actually back onto the beach, lots of local ceramics, a place that supports small businesses and prides itself on tradition. Considering we went on a sunny weekend in September, we always managed to get a quiet spot on the pebbled beach and didn’t have too much trouble getting into places for food (although I’ve heard it’s best to try and book ahead in the summer holidays).
We went as a family of three and needed barely any toys for our toddler – a few sticker books, a bucket and spade and the beach were enough for her! We stayed in a small cottage on the beachfront (a complimentary stay with Kip) and packed food, snacks and drinks to keep costs low and aimed to do fish and chips on the beach.
Things to remember: the beach gets windy, so pack accordingly! It’s also stoney so pack blankets and/or camping chairs. The sea is cold (obviously!) but locals were still swimming. Pack wellies for walking when the tide is out in the morning – kids will love it. There were loads of benches to sit and eat outside and loads of the restaurants were contact free and take away – we found it a really good COVID minibreak which gave us peace of mind.
We didn’t do a huge amount over our weekend stay, but fully relaxed and the beachfront walk is so great to do first thing in the morning. The High Street has an abundance of independent shops and lovely restaurants, all walking distance to the beach – it doesn’t take long at all to get a feel for the town and we definitely want to go back.
Restaurant wise we were recommended The Lobster Shack, VC Jones fish and chips, Harbour Street Tapas and Jojo’s in Tankerton . For pubs, The Old Neptune, The Pearson Arms and The Smack Inn came highly recommended.
We ate VC’s fish and chips on the beach, enjoyed a quick lunch at Windy Corner cafe (perfect with Peggy) and brunch at Farm & Harper (we booked and got a gorgeous sunny table outside!). For the rest of the time we ate in the cottage and took snacks out with us. If you were thinking of staying longer, then Margate is not far for a day trip, too (Dreamland and a Shell Grotto, what’s not to love?!).
It was actually not our intention to write about our stay, but we had such positive feedback from our trip on Instagram and we ended up taking such lovely photos that it was nice to add something a bit more permanent somewhere. Hope you’ve found it useful!