A chic blend of Oysters, the sea, sailing, beach huts, interesting shops and a salty heritage, people have been moving to Whitstable or visiting this wonderful town to enjoy all of these things.

In the town, there are narrow alleys and streets which allow inhabitants to cross it easily – if they are thin enough. Small weatherboarded and stuccoed houses were lived in by fishermen and divers, although the occupations of their inhabitants may well be very different today.

A wealth of pubs and restaurants exists. Try the Old Neptune which is on the beach and has views out to the waves – very snug on a soggy, windy evening. Wheelers cannot be missed – wonderful food, bring your own wine, and book a long way ahead for weekends.

Shopping is terrific in the little town, and an afternoon spent looking about is an afternoon well spent. Harbour Street has fashionable boutiques – designer clothes for men and women, delicatessens and florists, craft shops… Carole Ridley sells Sarah Pacini, Oska and others and don’t miss the great knitwear shop, several casual but stylish shops, Mosaic crafts and presents, Woolley’s shoes (an old family business), the Clothes Horse selling end of line and much reduced Noa Noa garments in beautiful colours and fabrics.