Second stop on my tour of Kent was Whitstable. Having failed to get a table at The Sportsman, I did some frantic Googling and realised I wasn’t short of options in this foodie seaside town.
An overwhelmingly large menu, I searched for the lobster which is all I was really here for.
I ordered the brown shrimp with white cabbage, chervil and baby capers to start and the eye-wateringly expensive 1/2 grilled lobster as a main.
But before all that, because we where in Whitstable we had a couple of oysters to whet the appetite.
The oysters were ridiculously good, some of the best I’d ever had but that was to be expected in the home of the oyster festival!
I love brown shrimp and so I loved this starter. My only criticism would be that there wasn’t enough shrimp to cabbage ratio. Really I should have just ordered the potted shrimp but didn’t fancy it with horrible gluten free bread.
The lobster was very nice, even if it was on the small side. Because you can get a bigger and more tasty lobster for less money in Burger & Lobster, I felt like I’d been ripped-off like a tourist! Nevertheless, it was good and I was on holiday.
I’d probably say the Whitstable Oyster Fishery Company was expensive for what you get, so next time I visit Whitstable it’ll be for The Sportsman!
After an early check-out, we headed out in search of brunch and came across Samphire, a lovely little bistro on the high street.
The staff were really helpful and were happy to explain which dishes were gluten free or those that could be modified. I went for the brisket hash with a fried egg.
The food at Samphire was exceptional. I am so glad we stumbled across this place and managed to get a table. After we arrived, so did the crowds and so if you’re planning on visiting then I’d recommend booking a table in advance.