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Pearson's Arms by Richard Phillips

The Horsebridge, Sea Wall, Whitstable, CT5 1BT

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Main course: £0
Food spend: £0

Very friendly helpful staff
We had a great seat by a window
I had mentioned at the time of booking it was my sons birthday and at the end of the meal he was presented with a plate of chocolate squares with a candle which was a really nice touch

Beverley Wilson 14 March 2017
from Whitstable

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Headed up by acclaimed chef Richard Phillips, Pearson's Arms combines the cosy charm and fine ales of a coastal pub with the gourmet dining of a standalone restaurant. As well as its enviable location next to the sea, there are frequent live music events also.

The Pearson's Arms by Richard Phillips menu has premium bar snacks available throughout the day, such as fresh rock oysters with sherry vinegar shallots and tabasco, with main meals using seasonal produce, like grilled 35 day hung local ribeye with smoked carrot puree and garlic and thyme scented wild mushrooms. There is a great seafood selection, ranging from Gadd's Beer battered fish, to poached Kirwin's of Grimsby smoked haddock.

Rich desserts at Pearson's Arms in Whitstable include dark chocolate and orange mousse with orange curd and marmalade ice cream, and even dessert beer from the Meantime Brewery. There is also a full wine list.

Just moments from the beautiful Whitstable sea front, Pearson's Arms by Richard Phillips is just a 5-minute drive from Whitstable Rail Station.

Pearson's Arms by Richard Phillips

The Horsebridge, Sea Wall, Whitstable, CT5 1BT

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Customer reviews for Pearson's Arms by Richard Phillips

4.3 (((() (based on 193 reviews)
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  • child friendly (27)
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  • (**** 20 March 2017 by Josie Law from Whitstable

    Very disappointing. We've been coming to this restaurant for years but I'm not sure we will be going again. It took 15 minutes to be offered a drink from when we sat down and at least another 15 minutes before our drinks arrived. Starters were good but my husband's main course - Dover sole - was very oily and, unusually for him, he didn't finish it. When the waiter cleared our plates he didn't even ask how everything was, so we were unable to complain about a £25 dish being substandard! Then my pudding arrived without the sorbet it was supposed to come with. I eventually got the waiter's attention and he brought it to me. It was utterly flavourless, which is a feat for a blackberry sorbet. Then the bill came and it had a bunch of drinks on there we'd never ordered!! What a disaster from beginning to end. The assistant manager was delightful and very apologetic when we told her about the situation. But it did ruin a rare and special night out for us ??

  • (**** 20 March 2017 by Janice Tebbutt from Maidstone

    Food was only average not as good as we have had previously

    Seating position terrible at top of stairs could not stop for sweet, coffee or drinks as kept getting chairs knocked by passers bye

  • (**** 14 March 2017 by Jane Lowther from Tonbridge

    Very disappointed with the food and the service - our sharing starters were not very hot or crispy - we did complain and they were taken off the bill, my lamb was also disappointing and the spinach impossible to cut. No engagement from the staff

  • ((((( 14 March 2017 by Beverley Wilson from Whitstable

    Very friendly helpful staff
    We had a great seat by a window
    I had mentioned at the time of booking it was my sons birthday and at the end of the meal he was presented with a plate of chocolate squares with a candle which was a really nice touch

  • ((((( 13 March 2017 by Trevor Jones from Maidstone

    We are regular customers both at your whitstable restaurant and at The Windmill. We have had both simple lunches ( like yesterday) and large family parties. We particularly like the maintenance of the 'pub' atmosphere. As far as the food goes we like to share a selection of your light bites ( oysters, scotch eggs etc ) and then ,usually,some fish. My wife particularly enjoyed the chowder which went with her fish yesterday. In both restaurants your staff are of the highest quality as far as demeanor and attentiveness are concerned

  • (((** 12 March 2017 by Chris Ashton from London

    I have eaten at the Pearson's Arms on a number of occasions. This time was to celebrate my sisters's 65th birthday. I had asked for a table overlooking the sea, and this was organised. This visit was a bit of a "curate's egg". Service was pleasant and suitably attentive. The menu had a good range of choice, the mussels were particularly good. However, the white wine was warm and although the waiter brought an ice bucket it took over 20 mins for it to be sufficiently chilled. I ordered cod, the first time it was barely cooked, the second time a little better but still undercooked. The rest of the meals ordered were enjoyed. As a gesture of goodwill the desserts were not charged which was appreciated. Additionally the restaurant presented a"Happy Birthday" plate for my sister with a candle which was also much appreciated.

    So although the experience overall was ok, it was not as good as previous visits. However, I still feel the Pearson's Arms is a lovely place for a meal, but hopefully the next time it will be back to the high standards overall that I have experienced on previous occasions.

  • (((** 9 March 2017 by Resident from Whitstable

    Food good but not great, over zealous waiter who seemed to expect us to order within a couple of minutes of sitting down and was rather keen to see us alcoholic drinks.

  • (((** 9 March 2017 by Rosie Sands from Whitstable

    Three of us for the lunchtime menu on 4/3/17.

    We all had the wild mushrooms for starters and they were beautiful and very tasty. For the second course two of us had the rock salmon which was very tender but completely tasteless as were the chips. The other person had the pork which was very dry but tasty.
    All in all we were disappointed with our food but this was the first time ever this has happened. Also we were overcharged but this was immediately rectified when pointed out.

  • ((((( 8 March 2017 by Lin Carter from Brighton

    Excellent food and service - the highlight of a lovely day out in Whitstable

  • ((((( 1 March 2017 by Jim Stokes from Maidstone

    Excellent food and attentive staff, this is the second time we have visited the venue and we wasn't disappointed..
    Great place to visit and eat.

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