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Oysters and salty air.

I took a last-minute trip to Whitstable. Luckily for me, it was the 1st of September which was the first day of the Native oyster season. Whitstable is essentially a town built on the fishing trade and the quality of the food here is wonderful. I had traditional fish and chips which were delicious, moreish oysters and Cornish ice cream. I loved the textures and colours of the town, timber clapboard, worn metal and silvery water. A welcome escape from London.

The Forge

After walking up and down the beachside promenade I settled on The Forge for lunch and I was so glad I did. I got fish and chips which is a must for a trip to the British seaside. I have to say they were some of the best fish and chips I've ever had. It's really something to order fish and chips in the shadow of dozens of fishing boats, I'm sure the fish was the freshest I battered fish I'd ever had.

The famous Whitstable Oysters

As many foodie Londoners know Whitstable is famous for its oysters, namely the 'Native Oysters'. As a fishing town, it's very evocative seeing all of the fishing equipment in and around this working harbour. I also tried oysters from The Forge, I can still taste the ping of that sea water, mouthwatering.

The Forge facebook page

There’s such a romance for me around fishing towns, all of that extremely hard work for something so delicate and delicious. The sound of the waves and the salty air, it’s a tempting thought, to move out of London to move to the coast to live this lifestyle every day.

whitstable beach wall

There’s such beauty in decay, especially so in seaside towns. You can book your ticket to Whitstable through South Eastern trains, leaving from Kings Cross.

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