Restaurant Review: The Pearson's Arms, Whitstable
I’m not usually one to go out for Sunday lunch as in our household it’s the only opportunity in the week for the family to catch up and eat together. However, having heard so many good things about The Pearson’s Arms, the seaside pub just a stone’s throw from the water’s edge in Whitstable, the Sunday rule got broken…and am I delighted it did!
A rather overcast day didn’t deter locals and visitors alike – and many tail wagging dogs! – descending on the seafront bistro, where the downstairs bar was packed with jovial customers, as was upstairs we discovered when shown to our table by the friendly staff.
Our drinks soon arrived followed by a selection of starters which, although designed as individual snacks, proved an excellent choice of sharing dishes – devilled whitebait with lemon mayonnaise, salt and pepper squid with soy ponzu sauce and the most memorable mini fish cakes with sauce Gribiche.
Fish and seafood reigned supreme for mains too. I simply couldn’t resist the deep fried Whitstable Bay Beer battered fish with chunky chips and mushy peas – the crispiest of batter encasing the freshest of white fish, while my guests chose the classic – and exceedingly generous – Pearson’s fish pie with steamed seasonal veg, and piping hot mussels cooked in Kentish white wine Mariniere with, of course, plenty of warm and crispy garlic bread to mop up the moreish sauce.
And just when you think you’re too full up to squeeze in another morsel…it took little persuasion from the staff for Eton mess (and spoons for sharing) which, took almost as little time to devour!
• The Pearson’s Arms, Horsebridge Road, Whitstable CT5 1BT, call 01227 773133, pearsonsarmswhitstable.co.uk