Eat: Windy Corner Stores & Cafe, Whitstable
Whilst we were down in Whitstable for the weekend, we didn’t really want to cook, although the cottage had everything you needed if you did want to create something delicious, so we checked out the information folder, which had plenty of suggestions of places to eat and drink.
We had dinner in a couple of great restaurants, Mr SLT indulged in oysters and mussels, naturally, and he also discovered a fantastic independent coffee shop on the High Street. One suggestion which caught our eye for breakfast, firstly, because dogs are allowed inside and secondly, because it was really close to the cottage, was the Windy Corner Stores & Cafe. This little store and cafe is a bit off the main high street, but it is worth a walk (what better walk to build up an appetite) and is very popular indeed!
The staff are very friendly, there are a couple of outside tables and you may have a wait for a table, but it is worth the wait. Inside, there is a range of quality essentials that you might need when self-catering, including wine, local produce such as sausages, bacon, honey and jam, soya milk, gluten-free products, as well as artisan breads, cakes and patisseries all baked on site. A little tip for those with children, beware of the old cabinet by the counter, each of the many drawers hides sweetie treats inside, I watched children head straight over to the drawers, knowing which one had their favourite sweets in!
There really is a lovely vibe in the cafe, you aren’t rushed at all for your table, there’s artwork by local artists and photographs on the walls to enjoy and colourful postcards and cards to buy. The staff, no matter how busy, will stop and have a chat, or coo over the baby, or pet your pooch, everyone welcoming and you get a sense that the staff enjoy working there.
There’s a big blackboard with the breakfast and lunch menus, and everything is available as takeaway too, or they will make up a delicious picnic hamper for you. We had breakfast on both occasions and we tried different things both times; Mr SLT had full English breakfast and then, mushrooms on toast and I had salmon and scrambled eggs and then, spinach and poached eggs. The cafe uses local produce where possible so each meal was just delicious, perfectly cooked and looked mouth-wateringly good all served on miss-matched crockery (so on trend!) and we can tell you that they don’t skimp on portion size, so, if you do manage to eat it all, you’ll need to head out to the beach to walk it off!
For busier times, you can book a table and you can hire the whole cafe for a private party. We loved the quirkiness of the cafe, its use of local produce and couldn’t fault the food we had on both occasions. We didn’t mind waiting for a table or our food, as we watched the world go by, we will head back there on our next visit in July, we can’t wait!
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