Wheelers Oyster Bar,

8 High Street,
Whitstable,
Kent.
CT5 1BQ

Tel: 01227 273 311

Email - No email - all enquiries must be made by phone or in person

A Portrait of Delia Fitt, who owns and runs Wheelers Oyster Bar in Whitstable Owner Delia Fitt, and Head Chef, Mark Stubbs, outside Wheelers in Whitstable

For over 150 years, Wheelers Oyster Bar has nestled in between the old Bear and Key Pub, and The Duke of Cumberland Hotel, serving the freshest of seafood to locals and visitors. Winning numerous awards and even publishing its own award winning recipe book, Wheelers, now run by Delia Fitt and Mark Stubbs, has become world famous for its food and simple, traditional atmosphere.

 

About Wheelers
The fish bar at Wheelers restaurant

To say that Wheelers sources its food locally wherever possible is, perhaps, an understatement (a fisherman actually walked in wearing wellies and overalls with their catch as i was talking to Delia Fitt, the owner). The Oyster bar was established in 1856, and its history is woven into the very fabric of Whitstable's heritage as a harbour and breeding ground for the now famous Whitstable Oyster. In that time, it has survived the many harsh winters, and two world wars, and this bright pink little (14 covers) restaurant has won the Les Routiers, and Gourmand awards among many others.

The Food

The best way to tell you about the food is to show you Wheelers menu which is at the bottom of this page. All manner of seafood is served, the recipes for which have won Wheelers' cookery book 'The Oyster Seekers' the 'Best U.K Fish and Seafood Book' award at the Gourmand World awards, and received critical acclaim from all quarters.

The idea is, very simply, that the freshest, locally sourced produce of all kinds is used to make everything from scratch, even so far as using fish from boats which have returned after a single day's fishing, rather than a two week trip, to give the best possible taste to the restaurant's customers.

Click for a larger view ... food at Wheelers
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The menu is seasonal, and the Head Chef, Mark Stubbs, won the Nestle Toque D'or prize for best student nationwide whilst studying, then went on to train under masterchef Peter Kromberg, and later, at the Hyde Park hotel, under David Nicholls. When Mark isn't at Wheelers, he also helps train the new batch of chefs currently studying at Thanet College, where Mark himself was once a student.

Bring your own bottle at Wheelers in Whitstable

Wine

Wheelers does not have an alcohol liscense, so it's a stictly bring your own bottle policy, with no corcage charge. (There's a handy Threshers opposite the restaurant where you can pick up a bottle.) N.B Wheelers does not accept debit or credit cards.

Wheelers' Location

Wheelers is located in the High Street, right in the heart of Whitstable.

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The Shoreline Cookery School

Coming soon, Mark Stubbs, head Chef at Wheelers, will be opening his new Shoreline cookery school. Details to follow.

Wheelers menu

The Wheelers menu

Wheelers light menu and cold menu

To book a table at Wheelers, or for any other enquiries, please phone 01227 273 311

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