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Published August 17th 2020
Enjoy a French meal in Whitstable
Birdies restaurant is in Harbour Street in Whitstable located right in the heart of town. It's a French restaurant with great chefs who use local ingredients. Owned and run by a family, this place has a relaxed atmosphere.

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Birdies Restaurant in Whitstable

Lovely local French restaurant

The current owners of Birdies have been there since 1993. A husband and wife team, they are chefs with a passion for French cuisine. The menu changes with the seasons and the availability of produce. You won't find a printed list of dishes on the tables - you have to check the chalkboards for what's available.

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The menu at Birdies in Whitstable

It's an intimate restaurant with 8 to 10 tables inside and 2 tables outside. The staff are very knowledgeable and extremely friendly. They will happily talk you through the dishes on the menu. Mussels with white wine and garlic are my favourite when it's available. There are often crab dishes and lobster on the menu with a choice of different fish but also beef and chicken dishes too.

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Beef Wellington

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Skate wings

When it comes to dessert they have a selection of 4 or 5 puddings and a cheese platter.

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Whitstable Mess dessert from Birdies

Review of Birdies Restaurant on Whitstable

Birdies is a lovely place to eat. It's the sort of place to book for a birthday or anniversary. It's not stuffy at all and the staff are chatty and friendly. The food is really tasty and the service is perfect. You have to book most days for lunch or an evening meal as there aren't many tables.

There isn't any air-conditioning in the restaurant which is Birdies only downfall. When the weather is warm, the temperature inside rises quickly. The ceiling fans offer some relief, but there is simply no airflow in the building. If you struggle with the heat, choose a cooler day to visit so you enjoy the lovely atmosphere in comfort.
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Why? To dine on French cruise in Whitstable
Phone: 01227 265337
Where: 41 Harbour St, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1AH
Cost: 20 up
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