The Shoreline School of Cookery, Whitstable, Kent

Mark Stubbs, chef at the legendary Wheelers Oyster Bar in Whitstable, runs a one day seafood cookery school in the restaurant’s kitchen every Wednesday.

The beach and shoreline in Whitstable

We love Whitstable and we love Wheelers Oyster Bar. This day course with the restaurant’s chef is a fabulous way to learn all about preparing and cooking seafood using restaurant techniques.

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  • Seafood cookery school
  • Explore Whitstable
  • Easy train access from London

Yes, Chef

Mark has been at the helm of Wheelers Oyster Bar for over 12 years and prior to this, worked in London under some great chefs. He has appeared on television shows such as The Hairy Bikers and Britain’s Best Dish: The Chefs and has been teaching students at Thanet College for over 10 years.

 Oyster shells
 fresh fish on display





Learn How to Prepare Seafood

On Wednesdays, when the restaurant is closed, you can spend the day with Mark perfecting your seafood skills. Highlights of the course include how to detect fish at their optimum prime, how to prepare and fillet flat and round fish and how to prepare and cook live crab, lobsters and scallops. You’ll also learn the secrets to making a good fish stock, Court Bouillon, fish cream sauce and Hollandaise sauce. Best of all, everyone sits down to a three course meal with wine and goes home with all the fish you’ve prepared together with stocks, sauces and a dossier of recipes.


  • Whitstable is easily accessible by train from London. Trains leave from St Pancras International Station and take just over an hour

Where to Stay in Whitstable 

The Hotel Continental – a 3 star hotel directly facing the beach (ask for a sea view). It’s a 10 minute walk into the centre of Whitstable

The Marine Hotel – lovely 3 star hotel located on Tankerton Cliffs, owned by Shepherd Neame Brewery



Fox terrier, Mr Hendricks, expert on dog friendly days out in Kent

Sadly, not a doggy day out for me. Hopefully you’ll bring me back a lovely souvenir.

Mr Hendricks

How to Find The Shoreline School of Cookery

The Shoreline School of Cookery, Wheelers Oyster Bar, 8 High St, Whitstable CT5 1BQ



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Sally is the founder and editor of The Foodie Travel Guide. She travels around the UK and beyond in search of the best foodie days out, tasting experiences and delicious places to stay. She loves a glass of English sparkling wine, afternoon tea with friends and escaping London for gastronomic adventures.