I've recently discovered this delightful restaurant although I'm sure it is something of an institution on the Kent coast. Whitstable is on the North Kent coast and is about 1 1/2 hours train ride from London. My boyfriend and I recently went there for the weekend and stayed in Hotel Continental which is a lovely art deco place on the seafront. We had dinner at the Whitstable Oyster Fishery Co and had a superb time.
I started with potted shrimps which were nicely seasoned and deliciously buttery. Chris had pan fried scallops which were plump juicy numbers drizzled with a splash of balsamic and accompanied with the now obligatory rocket. For main's I had whole lobster and potato salad ( very good value at £18.50), simple but lovely. Chris had hake with aioli, a great slab of fish with very garlicky mayo and a side order of chips which were divine, crisp on the outside and fluffy within.
Chris managed to squeeze in a vanilla and chocolate cheesecake. Creamy mascarpone cheese with only a hint of vanilla and I though the base could have been crisper, but I've never been a pudding person so I could be wrong.
Meal cost about £90 including a bottle of Pinot Grigo and two glasses of champagne. Very cosy room lit with candles and relaxed informal atmosphere. some of the tables are a bit close together so try to bag one by the window.
You can also stay in renovated fisherman's huts on the seafront which I think would be wonderful.