Whitstable has been on my ‘must-go’ places to visit – forever – it seems. There are so many stories, articles and cookery programmes centred on the rich harvest of fish and sea food in the area, especially oysters - so it was time to go. I needed to breathe the sea air, taste the fish and watch the sea.
Checking the internet accommodation offerings there seemed to be little choice of hotels in Whitstable itself and most booking sites centred on the Marine Hotel at Tankerton just outside Whitstable and situated on the cliffs. Sounded good.
We booked a twin room for two nights overlooking the sea with a balcony (the balcony just seemed to come with the room) on a bed and breakfast basis and arrived just after two in the afternoon. Our recently refurbished room was delightful, with quality soft painted furniture and lots of storage space and good quality beds with white duvets and fluffy white towels to match. It was generous in size with double opening door on to the balcony which seemed to stretch along the face of the hotel. The doors were secondary glazed and we felt snug and peaceful in this ‘four star’ room with a personally controlled heating system that was effective and comfortable. The bathroom was lovely with a quality hand basin, bath and powerful shower attachment over the bath. Accessories were abundant with a Freeview TV (although a little small) a clock, hairdryer, tea and coffee and the usual expected accessories. The whole ‘room’ package was charming.
We chose to eat in the dining room on our first evening and meandered our way through the rather shabby downstairs ‘pub’ bar area in to the dining room which had been recently refurbished. It was smart and comfortable and the service was excellent. The food was’ PUB’ style and OK. Breakfast was waiter served and comprised fresh fruit and cereals and a full English breakfast with the usual tea, coffee and juices. All very good.
The hotel is currently being refurbished and some of the bedrooms and the dining room have already been completed. The hotel is due to close from January to March 2013 to complete the refurbishment which we would imagine will include the bar area. If the standard is similar to our bedroom, the hotel will be lovely.
We spent our time walking along the sea front and talking to the locals. We explored the town, checked out the museum and ambled along to Peter Cushing’s old house and then strolled around the small and foggy harbour. On our second evening we decided to eat at the Crab and Winkle fish restaurant right there on the quayside and we didn’t regret it. The food and the service were delightful and highly recommended. The restaurant gets its name from the old railway that used to run from Canterbury to Whitstable in the nineteenth century; there are a few web sites to visit which can provide more information about the railway history of Whitstable and it’s harbour.
I can recommend a visit to Whitstable and the Marine Hotel on Tankerton Cliffs. The hotel staff were helpful and pleasant and the establishment provided a comfortable base from which to explore the town.
We never did get to see the sea.
It was foggy during our two day stay in Whitstable and we couldn’t ‘sea’ much at all. Somewhere out there in the sea, we were told, there are a number of old world war two forts and a cluster of wind turbines. We never did get to find out just how many. Perhaps you will have better luck.
Go to http://onepalelight.blogspot.co.uk/ to view a few foggy pictures of our time in Whitstable. There are also some useful links within the text.
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