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Whistable’s Lobster Shack and Folkestone’s Pick up Pintos named among best seaside shack restaurants in UK

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Original article from Kent Live

Whenever you head down to the seaside, you might think that the standard affair of a proper, traditional British fish and chips is what to expect – and the old reliable favourite is always a safe bet.

However – anyone heading down to Whitstable or Folkestone might want to consider going for something a little fancier – as two pf Kent's seaside shacks have earned some very impressive praise recently.

Conde Nast, the company behind Vogue and Vanity Fair, has produced a list of the best seaside shack eateries up and down the UK – and amongst them are Pick Up Pintxos in Folkestone and the Lobster Shack in Whitstable.

Read more: The 10 very best fish and chip shops in Kent according to you

Now to be clear – neither of these outlets are your regular fish and chip van serving dolled up battered cod at extortionate prices – as they're bringing a whole different level of street food to Kent's coasts.

Whitstable's Lobster Shack is good enough that it's overshadowed the town's rich heritage of oyster fishing – though the molluscs are still available on the menu.

From a lobster and prawn mac'n'cheese to a half lobster baked with fresh chilli and chorizo, this is some properly good grub that keeps the seaside spirit central to the menu.

You can even grab a bottle of local beer or wine, and with indoor and outdoor seating it's good for any weather.

It is actually also a part of the Whitstable Oyster Company – meaning that this little outlet is well baked in to the town's seaside heritage.

It seems to live up to the reputation according to customers, too – with TripAdvisor users calling it 'a must visit if you like seafood', and praising the view and setting from the shack.

Travelling down to Folkestone, you'll find another entrant on Conde Nast's list – but this one is a little more of a newcomer to the seafood game.

Gianny Modena, founder of Pick Up Pintxos

Pick Up Pintxos, (pronounced pin-chos) started life as an outlet on Folkestone's trendy Harbour Arm – but it became such a success that it now holds a permanent space just off the harbour.

Now a little more of a proper restaurant than a seaside shack, the restaurant serves food inspired by the Basque region of Spain, giving a little bit of Mediterranean spice to Kent's east coast.

Offering a variety of small and large dishes, ranging from Salt Cod Fritters with Saffron Aioli, to local Romney Marsh Lamb cutlets, this is a place deserving of a proper trip out to enjoy some top-notch food.

What's more, it's popular with the public, with TripAdvisor reviewers branding it 'very authentic', the 'best Spanish restaurant in Kent' and praising the 'wonderful experience' on offer at this 'hidden gem' restaurant.

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