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Harbour Garden Cafe, Whitstable

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Published August 12th 2020
Seafood and long, cold drinks in Whitstable
Harbour Garden Cafe has an enviable location. It's in the centre of Whitstable Harbour overlooking the colourful fishing boats. This cafe is entirely outdoors with tables and chairs arranged on a deck. There are sun umbrellas and a covered area offering some protection from the weather when needed. In winter, gas heaters are switched on to warm things up.

Food at Harbour Garden Cafe

The menu at Harbour Garden Cafe

As this is Whitstable, there are oysters on the menu of course. You can have lobster, crab, fish and chips as well. The seafood platter I ordered came with mussels, prawns and strangely salmon - not a local fish. There was plenty of each with chunks of bread on the side. Burgers are on the menu too if you don't like seafood.

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The menu at Harbour Garden Cafe

Drinks at Harbour Garden Cafe

You can have just drinks at this informal place. There is an extensive menu of cocktails, wine and beer. You can also have tea or coffee, and they make a lovely iced coffee with whipped cream on top.

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Iced coffee at Harbour in Whitstable

Review of Harbour Garden Cafe

It has to be noted that this restaurant is in a prime spot. It is in the Whitstable Harbour, where all the visitors and tourists walk. Sometimes you might have to wait for a while for a table - it's very popular. That said, you can book online or by phone.

The prices are quite high. Cocktails are at least 10 and some are more. Coffees are 4. And they add a service charge to your bill automatically. You pay extra for this lovely view and great atmosphere.

The food has good and bad reviews. It's not a fine dining restaurant, my meal was informal, tasty and I enjoyed every bit. If you want somewhere more highbrow, you need to choose another place to eat. The staff are extremely friendly and smiley. Dogs are allowed in here as it's mostly an outside eatery and many people bring their pooches to this place. Don't dress up - people arrive straight off the beach in flip flops and shorts but swimsuits must be covered up.
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Why? Drinks and seafood by Whitstable Harbour
When: All year
Phone: 01227 271199
Where: South Quay, Whitstable CT51AB
Cost: 10 up
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