Tudor Tea Rooms

29 Harbour Street Whitstable CT5 1AH

The half-timbered Tudor Tea Rooms have a fabulously retro feel, a theme inspired not just by the decor – dark beams and an inglenook fireplace – but the menu and the prices too: the home-cooked three-course lunch is ridiculously cheap at £9.95, even if you take into account that the starter is a choice of soup or juice. Follow that with a traditional main such as fish and chips, a roast or steak and kidney pie and then an old-fashioned pudding – bakewell tart with custard or a steamed sponge. The à la carte menu is similarly simple and old-fashioned, offering plain, honest cooking. There are also home-made cakes and sandwiches if you just want to something to go with a cuppa, and there’s a courtyard out back. The clientele, predominantly grey-haired, can spot a bargain when they see one. Cash only.

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