A very dog-friendly town, Whitstable is a wonderful place to holiday with your pooch. With many dog-friendly pubs, dog-friendly walks, cafes and attractions nearby that welcome dogs all year around – so you won’t have to leave your furry-friends tethered to a post outside. So, here’s our list of dog-friendly places in Whitstable to help you with your holiday planning!
Pubs and Restaurants
Whitstable is jam packed with dog-friendly pubs and even restaurants in the town, you won’t be spoilt for choice on a spot for a bite to eat and drink.
The Duke of Cumberland, High Street
Dog-friendly and serving quality food, The Duke of Cumberland is in the heart of Whitstable in the High Street, not far from the main beach. With regular live music too, there’s plenty on to keep you busy during your visit.
Birdies, 41 Harbour Street
This popular French bistro is just a short walk from the beach. It comes with a warning to book ahead as they get so busy so give them a call to book and to find out more.
Quayside, 67 Harbour Street
Although small, Quayside is both dog and family friendly and offers home-cooked food including a selection of specials. On Fridays they also host live music events, so it caters for all audiences. The staff will look after your pooch’s needs as much as your own.
The Old Neptune, Marine Terrace
Right on the beach (that’s right on, not next to), The Old Neptune is another dog-friendly pub in Whitstable. Serving good ol’ fashioned British dishes like fish and chips, pies, and bangers and mash this is a great choice for your seaside holiday. Plus, your dog will love running around on the beach after your refreshments!
Ship Centurion, 111 High Street
A very traditional pub right in the high street of Whitstable it’s a favourite with locals and their pooches. Serving light bar meals and with a great selection of ales this is a good choice for rest while out for your walkies.
West Beach in Whitstable is dog-friendly which is great for all our four-legged friends. It’s a shingle beach and is privately owned. There is no lifeguard but it’s perfect for walking or playing along the water.
Further along towards the neighbouring town of Tankerton is Tankerton Slopes Beach, a grassy sloped and shingle beach. Here there are dog restrictions so it’s not quite as dog-friendly as West Beach is; from the first house and start of the beach huts dogs are not allowed.
We have to take a step wider here and look at Kent as a whole as Whitstable is lovely, but a small town, so here’s a few of our top dog-friendly attractions in Kent.
- Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway: Dog travel for free across from Dungeness to Hythe, on the 15-inch narrow gauge light steam railway.
- Richborough Roman Fort: Extensive beautiful grounds to explore with your dog on a lead.
- Spa Valley Railway: Dogs travel for free on the steam trains around High Weald.
- Many of the stately homes in Kent welcome dogs on leads in their gardens, but not in the houses.
As well as the above-mentioned destinations, the main parts of Whitstable are all dog-friendly and most shops will happily allow dogs to pop in. With all this in mind there’s not reason not to take a dog-friendly holiday in Whitstable!