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Whitstable Overnighter: Scallops, Lemon, and Parsley

Pete, Ali and Stefan each loaded a Brompton and headed off on an Overnighter, from Central London out to the north-east Kent coast.

Arriving at Whitstable Harbour, the westerly winds were howling: whipping up the waves into a whitewater frenzy and creating a deafening noise at the harbour-side as ropes smacked and clanged the maze of ship masts. We sought refuge for an hour or so at the Whitstable Oyster Co, in the renovated former Royal Native Oyster store building on the board-walked seafront, where we tried some of their Native oysters and hatched a plan to head back to the Harbour fishmongers for our seafood dinner: scallops, lemon and parsley.

It was blowing a serious gale most of the afternoon, so we continued exploring the old smuggler’s alleyways and the seafront, before pitching up behind one of the groynes on the beach, lighting the fire and filling our foil packs ready for the embers; 5 minutes and they were done. Delicious. The beers from Whitstable Brewery helped washed them down.

Thankfully, whilst it got colder, the adverse weather ceased once the sun had gone down and left us in peace…