Dog Friendly Places to visit | Whitstable
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 charm of Whitstable’s seafront is encapsulated in the great working fishing harbour. Apart from the photogenic working boats and fisherman huts, there is a craft village, a large harbour café and plenty of fresh fish and seafood.
Just a short walk from West Beach you’ll find this beautiful shingle beach, set right on the mouth of the River Swale with stylish windswept beach houses lining the coast. When the tide is low your’ll find flat sand perfect for your dog to run free and a peaceful atmosphere creates a sense of remoteness.
We love Harbour Street for its pretty little independent shop fronts, boutiques and restaurants. This character‐filled street has barely changed over the past 100 years, which adds to its charm.There’s everything from cheese and wine shops, deli’s selling locally sourced delights, boutiques and bookshops. Our favourite store is Frank, is located at the end of the street and sells textiles to prints, books to ceramics with an ethos of sustainability. Some places will let you in with your dog, others won’t so bear that in mind when wandering around.
Food and drink
Whether it’s pre-walk fuel or a relaxing post walk recharge, food and drink is definitely something Whitstable has a lot to offer.
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.
Birdies | Harbour Street, Whitstable CT5 1AH
With a traditional pub downstairs and restaurant upstairs 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.
Pearson's Arms | Horsebridge Road, Whitstable CT5 1BT
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 dog. It has a great selection of local ales and standard pub grub, and it hosts live music events regularly.
The Old Neptune | Marine Terrace, Island Wall, Whitstable CT51EJ
The Lobster Shack
The Lobster Shack is a beach bar serving a selection of hot and cold seafood, with daily specials, amazing local beers and local wine. With amazing beach views and lots of outdoor seating. Plus in the winter months they have a cosy log burner making the restaurant suitable for all weathers!
The Lobster Shack | THE EAST QUAY, Whitstable Harbour, Whitstable CT5
Windy Corner Stores & Cafe
An understated café and restaurant that prides itself on selling the best of Kent’s produce. Quality coffee and its homemade cakes are a popular choice, and dogs get the privilege of being allowed to sit inside.
Windy Corner Stores & Cafe | 110 Nelson Rd, Whitstable CT5 1DZ
With so much to do it’s great to make a long weekend out of your visit. One of our favourite spots to stay is the beautiful Tides Cottage, a bright coastal cottage that overlooks the sea, with beach access straight from the front door.