Wheelers Oyster Bar, Whitstable, Kent

Wheelers Oyster Bar in Whitstable is a very small and quirky oyster bar and seafood restaurant. Its reputation is such that you need to book 3 months in advance to secure a weekend table during the summer months.

The pink exterior of Wheelers Oyster Bar Whitstable

Visit Wheelers Oyster Bar for some of the best seafood in Whitstable. Quirky and unmissable. This little gem of a place should be on any Foodie Traveller’s bucket list.

The Foodie Travel Guide

  • Taste delicious seafood
  • Take a seafood platter to the beach
  • Seafood cookery school

Eat Oysters at The Oldest Restaurant in Town

Wheelers Oyster Bar is the oldest restaurant in town and although it’s not on the beach or by the harbour, you can’t miss it on the High Street due to its pink painted exterior. It was founded in 1856 by Mary Ann Wheeler, the wife of a fisherman. The restaurant is small so tables can be quite cosy and there are 4 sittings a day. They keep things simple here with a small menu offering a choice of 6 starters, mains and desserts. It’s unpretentious and incredibly popular. If you can get a table, take it!


Wheelers Oyster Bar Whitstable Kent


  • The restaurant isn’t licensed but there are plenty of off licences nearby. There is no charge for corkage
  • Bookings must be made by phone
  • You can order seafood platters in advance and take one with you on the beach for a picnic
  • On Wednesdays, chef Mark Stubbs runs The Shoreline School of Cookery


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

They say that although pets like me are a big part of the home, they can’t allow you to bring them into the restaurant when dining.

Mr Hendricks

How to Find Wheelers Oyster Bar 

Wheelers Oyster Bar, 8 High St, Whitstable CT5 1BQ

Website: www.wheelersoysterbar.com