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Fetch & Follow’s guide to dog-friendly Whitstable

The brand is going on tour this summer with a series of pop-up shops. The first is in co-founder Genesta’s hometown of Whitstable during the first week of June. No matter when you go, here are team Fetch & Follow’s tips for a doggy day by the sea

It’s hardly a secret that Fetch & Follow is one of Wunderdog’s favourite brands (read our feature here). The founders of this beautiful dog accessories brand, Genesta Gunn and Taneale Hrymakowski, know how to translate that feeling of happiness we can only get from dogs into wonderful products. This summer, Fetch & Follow is spreading its wings from its east London home and hosts a series of pop-up stores. The first is in Whitstable, the Kent seaside home of Genesta. The duo’s dogs have already packed their bags for a week by the sea, and here are their favourite spots.

Getting there
Who wants to get stuck in a traffic jam when there’s coastal adventure to be had? The train is our preferred mode of four‐legged travel. Trains to Whitstable Station leave from London at Canon Street, St Pancras International and Victoria. The shortest journey is approximately 1hr 15mins, the longest is 2hrs 30mins. Get train times and tickets at Thetrainline.com.

Stretch your legs
Whitstable’s West Beach is a long stretch of shingle divided up by wooden groynes. It runs from just south of the town’s harbour to neighbouring Seasalter, is a distance of around a mile and is dog-friendly all year round. The charm of Whitstable’s seafront is encapsulated in the great working fishing harbour. Apart from the photogenic working boats and fisherman huts, there is a craft village, a large harbour café and plenty of fresh fish and seafood. Look for signs to the sea. 

Leisurely browsing
We love Harbour Street for its pretty little independent shop fronts, boutiques and restaurants. This character‐filled street has barely changed over the past 100 years, which adds to its charm. Plus, this is where you will find the Fetch & Follow pop-up shop. Some places will let you in with your dog, others won’t so bear that in mind when wandering around.

Food and drink
Whether it’s pre‐walk fuel or a relaxing post‐walk recharge, food and drink is definitely something the gang love to enjoy on dog-friendly days out. We recommend:

  • Birdies Whitstable: a lovely restaurant, situated in the heart of Whitstable with the Harbour only a five-minute walk away. Delicious, local seafood such as crab, lobster, skate, sole, bass and oysters are served daily. Expect a warm welcome and homely atmosphere. Dogs are welcome to dine with their owner outside in the front garden, which boasts a prime view of the picturesque Harbour Street. Harbour Street, Whitstable CT5 1AH, 01227 265337, open Tuesdays to Sundays from 12-2:30pm and 6-9pm, Tuesdays 6-9pm
  • Pearson’s Arms: a traditional pub downstairs and restaurant upstairs with a pub-wide menu of modern, wholesome, British cuisine, with a local and seasonal focus. Relaxed and comfortable, drink or dine with your dog in the downstairs pub where food is also served. Horsebridge Road, Whitstable CT5 1BT, 01227 773 133 Pearsonsarmswhitstable.co.uk, open for lunch Tuesdays to Sundays 12-2:30pm, dinner Tuesdays to Saturdays 6:30-10:30pm, breakfast Saturdays and Sundays 8:30-11am
  • The Old Neptune: a cozy seaside boozer that is dog‐friendly both inside and out, which is the subject of many a photo of Whitstable. The pub is located directly on the seafront, making it an idyllic spot to spend an hour or two on a sunny afternoon with your four‐legged friend. It has a great selection of local ales and standard pub grub, and it hosts live music events regularly. Marine Terrace, Island Wall, Whitstable CT51EJ, 01227 272 262 thepubonthebeach.co.ukopen Mondays to Wednesdays 11:30am – 10:30pm, Thursdays to Saturdays 11:30am – 11:30pm and Sundays 12-10:30pm
  • Windy Corner Stores & Cafe: an understated café and restaurant that prides itself on selling the best of Kent’s produce. Voted one of the top 10 budget restaurants on the North Kent coast by The Guardian, the interior is simple and relaxed. Quality coffee and its homemade cakes are a popular choice, and dogs get the privilege of being allowed to sit inside. 110 Nelson Rd, Whitstable CT5 1DZ, 01227 771 707, open Mondays to Saturdays from 8am – 4:30pm

Make a night of it
Since we have family in Whitstable, we never need a hotel when it town, but if you fancied staying over, both the Whistable Fisherman’s Huts and The Marine Hotel are dog-friendly.

Fetch & Follow, C/O Show Off Pop‐Up Gallery, 13 Harbour Street, Whitstable, CT5 1AQ, open Sundays to Thursdays 10am – 4pm, Fridays 10am – 5pm and Saturdays 10am – 6pm. The pop-up runs from 2-10 June.

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