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West Whelks

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Whitstable Harbour | West Quay, Whitstable CT5 1AB, England
+44 1227 266873
09:00 - 13:00
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

terrific friendly people, full of valuable local advice and history, as well as superb local whelks and oysters.

Thank archwaygunner
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016

I learned to eat oysters here this year! Never liked the look of oysters and refused to eat them. But this year (our group visits Whitstable harbour yearly to feast on oysters) I surrendered. I should have done this earlier...

Thank Bob K
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

visited 11th Sept 2016..glorious sunny day...had some rock oysters...80p each...very clean and delicious to eat..good value too....recommended.

Thank garethbonds
London, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2016

Delicious and fresh seafood at very competitive prices!! Tables available to enjoy the dishes and the arbour's buzzing atmosphere! Staff is really friendly! Recommended!!

Thank sonia b
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75 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016

My husband loves it here. We always take visitors too. It's all fresh & definitely the best value in Whitstable. Friendly service & an awesome location. be prepared to wait at events as it is always mobbed but worth the wait.

Thank Celestine65
London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2016

Best oysters, opened (often) by the old fella himself Mr West and a family run show. Not overpriced, local and lovely!

Thank Den999
Faversham, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016

In my opinion West Whelks are the best on the harbour for Oysters and Whelks. And the best value for money.

Thank C M
London, United Kingdom
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194 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2016

Started with one oyster; went back formore and a large pot of king prwans and shrimp - what a feast!!! Very friendly staff; clean, right by the "top of the harbour" and if only we lived closer!!

Thank Linda C
London, United Kingdom
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704 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 308 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2016

This little shack has lovely seafood, which is totally fresh. The staff are friendly and there are seats to polish off your oysters on. However, it is a little pricey in my opinion, but not compared to other similar outlets in the area. I guess a great location has that effect sometimes.

Thank Amy B
Rayleigh, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

Stopped at west whelks and tried their oysters, then had to try king prawns following that we gave the crab claws a go all excellent, you need a nice day as it is all outside but in such a lovely place is well worth a visit

Thank Lynne D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$40 - US$159
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
09:00 - 13:00
08:00 - 13:00
08:00 - 13:00
08:00 - 13:00
08:00 - 13:00
08:00 - 13:00
09:00 - 13:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Whitstable Harbour | West Quay, Whitstable CT5 1AB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Whitstable
  • Phone Number: +44 1227 266873

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?