The Winner of the Gourmet Britain Best Gastro Pub Award for 2011As well as being a proper 'local', with views over the surrounding marshes and popular with walkers - this pub (run by the same team as the Granville at Lower Hardres (q.v.) offers top-quality food. You'll find scrubbed pine tables, bare floorboards and local artwork - all giving a pleasant rustic feel.
Food is sourced locally, whenever possible, and you'll find this chalked-up on a board. This is backed up with a Tasting Menu, if you have the stamina and pocket.
Lighter dishes or starters include the likes of 'Bresaola' (thinly-sliced cured beef); 'Ham Terrine'; home-smoked Eel and of course Oysters in one way or another (perhaps with hot Chorizo). For something more substantial, shades of Nico Ladenis with 'Braised Fillet of Brill with Vin Jaune and Morels'; 'Crispy Duck with Smoked Chili Salsa and Sour Cream'; 'Braised Shoulder of Salt-Marsh Lamb' or seasonal game.
Fish is always a strong suit.
Desserts might include 'Crème Brulée', 'Chocolate Tart' home-made sorbets and the like.
Their home-made breads aren't to be missed. Standards throughout are high and all is thoroughly recommended.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Tues-Sat 12.00-14.30 (Sun 15.00); mains from about £15
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 18.00-22.00; mains from about £15
- Seats: 50
- Wine: a short, but interesting, list travels the world and kicks off at about the £15 mark - there's plenty of interest at under £20
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Whitstable
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page. On the western fringes of Whitstable, between the sea and the marshes.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: kitchen closed all Mon; check Christmas openings