|Sunglasses from BohoRose Vintage. Vintage Skirt & Bag from charity shops. Jacket from Miss Selfridge|
|Ear-rings from BohoRose Vintage|
|Vintage belt from eBay|
The Kent seaside town of Whitstable has long been on my list of Blighty based places-by-the-sea I’d like to visit (along with Margate, Ramsgate and Southend too) and yesterday on what seemed to be the only sunny day of the Bank Holiday Mister Ruffles and I grabbed our chance, jumped in the car and at very long last made the trip.
Renowned for its straight-from-the-sea-fresh oysters Whitstable is the epitome of a quaint and very British seaside town. Unfortunately after an episode many years back that I won’t go into, I am not an oyster fan and try as I might to get reacquainted my gag reflex won’t have any of it! However if you like oysters then to get your fishy fix there are a multitude of eateries to choose from, and the highly recommended Wheelers would be my best bet (reviewed here by foody hero of mine Jay Rayner) Instantly recognisable and very easy to find, reason-being – it’s the only Neapolitan pink building on the high street!
Instead Mister Ruffles and I opted to head for the seafront to get some sea air in our hair. We had not one but two al fresco seafood snacks. Perched on the harbour our first was fresh whitebait and tartare sauce (me) and lobster tails very liberally doused in vinegar (him!) Then a five minute stroll along the South Quay we got in the queue at The Fish Market, a seafood lover’s paradise where the fishermen bring their catch in just a pebbles throw away and you can select your lunch and then chat to the chap that caught it. This is where I had what is up there with the best prawn cocktail sarnie I’ve ever had. Fact. On soft brown bread and cut into triangles just like Mum used to make, generously loaded with sweet and plump prawns, oozing lip-lickingly tangy marie-rose sauce it was heavenly. In my book it really is the simple things that are the best.
The rest of the afternoon we spent meandering along the seafront where I met Nick the very friendly ice-cream seller from Fone-a-Cone, we sampled a few bottles of the local Whitstable ale (Whitstab-ale!) and then went on a hunt for some pebbles to add to our ever growing global collection.
|Mister Ruffles & I inadvertently wore matching polka dots – we’re dotty about each other of course!|
I fell in head-over-espadrilles love with Whitstable and its cute candy-hued beach-huts, the high street with its multitude of individual and quirky boutiques, The Fish Market with its retro original neon signage and the plethora of charity shops to browse through. All make Whitstable absolutely worth a visit. Whether you’re an oyster fan or not.
For more info on Whitstable visit www.seewhitstable.com
The Fish Market, South Quay, The Harbour, Whitstable, Kent
Fone-a-Cone – the travelling ice-cream, vendor