Live music on Tuesdays and Sundays is one reason why this white-painted, clapboarded, beach-facing pub is so popular. It was built for workers constructing the long-vanished railway line between Whitstable and Canterbury – now the seven-mile Crab and Winkle Way. Carefully selected cask ales are generally from local breweries, but American pale ales push the boundaries a bit further. The food is sourced as locally as possible, so it would be disrespectful to Whitstable not to start with its famous rock oysters with pickled shallots. But if oysters aren't for you, try mussels cooked in Kentish white wine, then to follow, braised beef bourguignon; grilled calves' liver; pan-fried whole Dover sole; or spiced butternut squash shortcrust pastry pie. Finish with a plate of the county's cheeses. Vegetarians and vegans are by no means overlooked.
Open all year
Open all week
Open all day
Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12–3, Sunday 12–6
Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 5.30–9.30, Sunday 12–6
Food and drink
Set menu available
Restaurant menu available
Real ales available: Timothy Taylor Landlord, Whitstable IPA, Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter
Real ciders: Aspall, Symonds
Credit cards accepted
Coach parties welcome, notice required
Allowed in bar
In town centre. On one-way system, left at end of High Street.