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A Day Out To The Seaside - Whitstable

A few months back we took a trip out of London to Whitstable, a very old town that was mentioned in the 11th Century Doomsday Book. The name means 'meeting place by the white post' which Basil fully approves of!

Of course, despite there being a wonderful seafront we headed straight for the bric-a-brac and vintage fair - I never can resist!

After a very enjoyable browse through the vintage wares it was time to get down to the harbour for an oyster or two. Now I must confess, I had never eaten an oyster, but I decided that today was the day. For me and Basil it was their famous Pacific oysters - perfect with local beer instead of champagne. Whitstable is famous for it's oysters and in fact the Canterbury and Whitstable Railway Company built in the 1830's was nick named the Crab And Winkle Railway due to the plenitude of sea food to be had. There is a nine day oyster festival in July each year which starts with an opening parade on the nearest Saturday to St James' Day (25th July).

The quay is a great place to hang out, since I was last here, many new food sellers have sprung up and at the end of the South Quay is a collection of wooden studios populated by artisans and small businesses. Jon Hogbin has a studio at the Harbour Market and his work is fantastic, it is so evocative of the seaside.