Original article from Kent Live
Two businesses in Kent have been named among the best beach shack restaurants in the UK.
Conde Nast compiled a list of the 12 best beach-side takeaways across the whole of the country and two places from Kent made the cut.
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Kent’s seaside towns offer plenty of fine dining options for both locals and tourists.
However it’s hard to argue with the decisions made by Conde Nast.
Both Pick Up Pintxos and The Lobster Shack have amassed a huge following and now their delights have been shared to the wider community.
Below you can find details about both the fantastic restaurants.
Pick Up Pintxos, Folkestone
Inspired by the Basque Country in Northern Spain, Pick Up Pintxos proved so popular in the Folkestone Harbour Arm that it moved to South Street.
In case you didn’t know – Pintxos are small bites packed full of flavour, a bit like tapas.
The pintxos and small dishes served up are made from a combination of ingredients from local supplies and the Basque country.
Whether you’re after baby squid, vegetable stew or prawns then you’ll find something here for you.
Back in 2018, KentLive spoke to Gianni Modena, the owner of the restaurant, which at the time was found on the Harbour Arm.
After working at several Michelin star restaurants Gianni jumped at the chance to move to Folkestone and it appears the decision paid off.
He said: “I have opened a lot of other restaurants for other people and I thought, you know what, I need to go with my dream.
“Opening Pintxos has always been an idea in my mind and I’ve really been able to make it a reality here.”
What did Conde Nast Traveller say about Pick up Pintxos?
“This place began life as part of Folkestone Harbour Arm, once the terminal for the Folkestone-Boulogne ferry and now filled with independent businesses and street-food stalls.
The Basque-inspired menu proved so popular that it’s now got a permanent bricks-and-mortar space just off the harbour proper.
Try the salt-cod fritters with saffron aioli, followed by baby squid cooked in garlic and parsley with la bomba squid-ink black rice.”
The Lobster Shack, Whitstable
Situated on the end of the East Quay in Whitstable Harbour, The Lobster Shack comes with beautiful views over the sea and marina with fabulous fresh seafood.
One user on Facebook described her dish there as "The best cod I’ve ever had!"
And another said: “What an amazing experience, the staff were fantastic.”
Well worth a visit this summer.
What did Conde Nast Traveller say about The Lobster Shack?
“Whitstable might be known for its oysters, but there’s plenty more besides at the Lobster Shack.
Find everything from fruits de mer platters to scampi and chips as well as fresh lobster in various guises; try the lobster and prawn mac ’n’ cheese, or a half lobster baked with fresh chilli and chorizo.
“Kent ’s Chapel Down wine and Whitstable Brewery beers are on the menu, to be sipped every day until 9pm at outside tables on the shingles, or in the snug indoor dining room with a roaring wood burner."