Monthly Archives: May 2012
Wheelers is the foodie destination for anyone heading for Whitstable. In fact it becomes a reason to visit Whitstable all by itself. You would be hard pushed to find such good food without any pomp and pretension anywhere else in the UK.
Getting a table is a feat by itself. Hint: Book early and be flexible. We booked about 2 weeks in advance and got a lunch/dinner reservation at 3pm. There are two things against you, firstly the food is very good and more and more people are finding out about this, secondly, there are just 4 tables so the commodity is very scarce.
The front room has an excellent fish counter and there are a couple of stools allowing you to hop up if you didn’t score a main table. Through the beaded curtain you enter a parlour decorated just like your nan’s best room and after squeezing onto your seat and handing over your wine (its BYO and no corkage!) you take a look at the always interesting menu. This time I chose the Skate with Langoustines, confit belly pork, steamed clams and fennel puree. Possibly all my favourites foodstuffs on one plate. Before that we had excellent seafood soup and three types of oyster: natural natives, cooked with lardons and Worcestershire sauce and guinness battered. They were all delicious.
My main was a work of art. The skate was perfectly cooked and shaped into fun curls and the rich belly pork and fragrant fennel puree proved excellent foils. The clams were beautifully steamed and a real treat. After this we scraped room for a dessert which was an astonishing apple crumble soufflé with salted caramel ice-cream. It was incredible. Needless to say after all this food we caught a taxi to the train and snored our way back to Victoria.
Telephone: 01227 273 311
Address: 8 High Street, Whitstable, Kent
I’ve recently moved on a more permanent basis to Sheffield. More precisely to Whirlow which is a sleepy suburb in the south west of the city near the Peak District. A lack of local food shops make me (as a non-car driver) panic but there is a good Sainsburys and excellent Waitrose not too far away. Up a winding hill above Whirlow sits Whirlow Hall which was founded in 1979 as an educational trust working with inner city children and young people with special needs or disabilities. Its a nice stroll away from the house and is sometimes the target following a carb heavy Sunday Lunch. They have recently upgraded their cafe serving a wider menu including their delicious home-made cakes. The farm shop has been somewhat expanded selling a small amount of veg along with some delicious sausages and meats from the farm. If you are in the area, it is definitely worth a visit.