fresh oysters with a dash of cranberry juice, pepper and a slice of lemon
Though Whitstable is so much more, it is most known for its oysters. Without its fresh oysters, Whitstable would probably be yet another sleepy seaside town.
Whitstable Oysters Co, operating in the premises of Royal Native Oysters Store is a landmark in Whitstable. Unfortunately, we were a bit late and missed out on its lunch hours (till 2.30pm) so we had to make do with the oyster stall that it operates just across a small plank walkway.
the Royal Native Oysters Store
70p each, quite a bargain even though I find cheaper ones further along the beach
for reinforcing barrier reefs
At only 70p per (opened) oyster, it is a bargain compared to the makeshift store just beside Tower of London, which goes for £1.50. We later discovered that it goes for only 50p each further down the beach, but still.
The guy who helped us pried open the oyster's shell was pleasant enough and asked us whether it was the first time we had oysters. Well, after the hepatitis scare back home when I was a kid, I try to stay away from raw shelled seafood so I guess that effectively made us first timers.
Upon seeing that one oyster was obviously larger than the other, he promptly gave us another one. With a squeeze of lemon and a dash of lemon, the oysters tasted heavenly.
Later, we decided that we had to have more of that and popped into Wheelers Oysters Bar along Whitstable's High Street and polished off a further half a dozen. With a crab pincer thrown in, it cost us a decent £6.50. not too bad for fresh seafood.
Wheelers Oyster Bar - you can't miss this pink store along Whitstable's High Street
though the oyster bar has a sit in restaurant, do try sitting on the high stools in front of the bar itself
half a dozen of oysters served up!
There's something about slurping off raw soft plump oysters directly off the shells. The Romans probably invaded Britannia because of that.
Whitstable - London weekend oysters getaway 1/5
Whitstable beaches 2/5
Whitstable Harbour Books 4/5
Whitstable Tea Rooms 5/5