Later this month we are packing our bags and heading off to the coast to host a week long Fetch & Follow and Friends Pop Up Store. Whether you are familiar with Whitstable or a first-time visitor, we thought this months Top 5 dog friendly places to visit should centre around this beautiful coastal town.
Whitstable's West Beach is a long stretch of shingle divided up by wooden groynes. It runs from just south of the town's harbour to neighbouring Seasalter, is a distance of around a mile and is dog-friendly all year round. The excellent charm of Whitstable seafront is encapsulated in the great working fishing harbour. Apart from the photogenic working boats and fisherman huts, there is a craft village and large harbour cafe and plenty of fresh fish and seafood. Look for signs to the sea!
We love Harbour Street for its pretty little independent shop fronts, boutiques and restaurants. This character-filled street has barely changed for over a hundred years, which helps add to its charm. Plus, this is where you will find the Fetch & Follow pop up shop. Some places will let you in with your dog, others won't so bear that in mind when wandering around and remember to ask nicely.
A lovely restaurant, situated in the heart of Whitstable with the Harbour only a five-minute walk away. Delicious, local seafood such as crab, lobster, skate, sole, bass and oysters are served daily. Expect a warm welcome and homely atmosphere; dogs are welcome to dine with their owner outside in the front garden, which boasts a prime view of the picturesque Harbour Street.
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 12-2.30pm and 6-9pm, Tuesdays 6-9pm,
41 Harbour St, Whitstable CT5 1AH
The Old Neptune
A cozy, seaside boozer that is dog-friendly both inside and out, which is the subject of many a photo of Whitstable. The pub is located directly on the seafront making it an idyllic spot to spend an hour or two on a sunny afternoon with your four-legged friend. They have a great selection of local ales, as well as standard pub grub and host live music events regularly.
The Old Neptune at Marine Terrace, Island Wall, Whitstable CT5 1EJ
Windy Corner Stores
An understated cafe/restaurant that prides itself on selling the best of Kent’s produce. Voted one of the top ten budget restaurants on the North Kent coast by The Guardian, the interior is simple and relaxed. Quality coffee and their homemade cakes are a popular choice and dogs get the privilege of being allowed to sit inside.
Open Monday to Saturday from 8-4.30pm,
110 Nelson Rd, Whitstable CT5 1DZ
The Pearson's Arms
A traditional pub downstairs, with an upstairs restaurant with a pub-wide menu of modern, wholesome, British cuisine, with a local and seasonal focus.Relaxed and comfortable, drink or dine with your dog in the downstairs pub where food is also served.
The Pearson’s Arms at Horsebridge Rd, Whitstable CT5 1BT
Trains to Whitstable Station leave from London via London Canon Street, London St Pancras International and London Victoria. The shortest journey is approximately 1hr15mins, the longest is 2hrs30mins, get train times and tickets at Thetrainline.com.