The Pearson's Arms

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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub

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Pearson’s Arms is a popular seaside pub located just a hop, skip and a jump from the water’s edge in beautiful Whitstable. We serve real ales, fine wines and wholesome food to local regulars, intrepid travellers and everyone in between. We pride ourselves on retaining all those great qualities of a classic English pub: a cosy feel, friendly atmosphere and quality food and drink. We’re also very much a product of our environment; Whitstable and the surrounding area is famous for its ales and locally grown (or caught) produce, and our menus are regularly changing collections of delicious seasonal fare. Pearson’s Arms is also well-known locally for our live music nights, with regular performances from some excellent local musicians. You’ll even find yourself pleasantly surprised by the standard and creativity of our cocktail menu.
Dining Style
Home Style
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, English
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Hours of Operation
Mon 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
Tue, Wed 6:30 pm–11:30 pm
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Phone number
01227 773133
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Richard Phillips
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Neighbourhood
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Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, View, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews
4.0based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
3.9
Service
4.1
Ambience
3.8
Value
Noise · Moderate
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AS
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Had a great meal and a great time. First time there, visiting from London. Would go back again

JL
London
9 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

The food never disappoints. great produce, ingredients and flavours. The wine recommended to us was spot on too. I love it here!

B
London
34 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely Sunday roast as always - and the Tiramisu cocktail is perfect to finish on when you’re too full for another course. Looking forward to our next visit !

J
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

Small plates were good as starters especially the scotch egg but disappointed by main courses. The belly pork was not crispy and seemed mediocre. The burger was dry. One of my favourite restaurants in Whitstable and I have been many times but doesn’t seem as good as it was .

PG
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

Very disappointed very overrated pub, food and menu not impressive, very noisy, although warned it was only as we sat down and we were prebooked. Table of 20 males, couldn’t hear conversation around our table. Would not return, expensive and ram shackled.

LB
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, good food, great music.... what else could you ask for !

KP
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice food lovely local oysters and fish chips and all the bits! Wine reasonable value and a live band downstairs for drinks afters. Asked for a window seat when booked and got one. Nice service from all staff, very professional set up! Will use again. Stayed in fishermans hut 14 which across the road so very easy stumble back!!

HC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely food and extremely good value with a voucher .

N
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Since living in Whitstable, we've neglected to go to the Pearson's Arms, for some reason, till Friday. The food is a mixture of British and Mediterranean, with, as expected, plenty of fish and seafood options. We had aubergines for starters, and a black pudding Scotch egg, which was amazing in taste and very filling. My main course was brisket of beef, while my wife went for Dover sole - both cooked to perfection and excellent, and served with a selection of vegetables. We swapped the wines around for our courses, as we were eating different things, and didn't want a bottle - wine is always pricier by the glass, but the prices are not too outrageous. I had a dessert of chocolate brownie and honeycomb - I could have gone for any of the desserts on the list, as they all looked brilliant - and it was a spoonful too far, but I couldn't resist.

The music came up from downstairs, mostly 60s and 70s classics, but it was fine, at a sensible volume once it got up the stairs. (Downstairs it was a bit raucous, as it's a younger crowd.) Upstairs in the restaurant, the atmosphere is good, with lots of wood everywhere, and candles and low lights.

If it's not obvious, I really recommend the Pearson's Arms for a meal.

AB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We really liked the Pearson’s arms . It had the feeling of a nice traditional pub . The food was great but above all the staff were wonderful , despite being very busy , nothing was too much for them .

S
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food at fantastic value for money, friendly staff. What is there not to like

m
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We had a delicious roast lamb with all the trimmings. It’s a dish for two to share but the portions were very generous. Vegetables were delicious but they need to improve their roast potatoes. I had the prawn & crayfish starter which was excellent. My partner had French onion soup. We were too full for pudding. Later on, downstairs they had live music. The band were really good.
I would definitely recommend Pearson’s.

G
Kent
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Menü Choice got more and more less no scallop,no Dover sole,table was reserved,20 minutes Delay.
Manager finally ok and friendly

DH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our visit to Pearson's Arms was a highlight of our recent holiday to Kent.

LB
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, friendly staff. Excellent food, good value.

VM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Food and wine was delicious. Waitresses were great but I think the pub was short staffed, we had to wait for a while to be served then for our drinks orders then for our plates to be taken away etc. Also the sun was setting, the light came straight into the restaurant, i couldn’t see anything so had to move around the table. A woman on a table behind me was holding up a menu for the whole time she was eating as she couldn’t see because of the glare, maybe get a blind in?

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A lovely place to eat with beautiful views. Would recommend to everyone

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice place to eat with nice food on the waterfront at Whitstable

SC
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience4

I have used the Pearson’s Arms restaurant for a number of years but the service on Saturday was lacking, two main courses were dried out while the other two mains had to wait 10 minutes for their chips to arrive and then we had to chase them up. In essence a very disappointing experience and we will not be going back.

g
London
6 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was good as usual.
Very friendly staff and a comfortable place to visit.

MG
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came on a busy bank holiday Monday and although the atmosphere was fantastic the place never felt over crowded and the service was prompt and seamless. After a 3.5 hour drive in traffic, nothing was more welcome than this truly delicious meal! Top notch sea food with absolutely everything we ordered exceeding expectations and we would recommend this to anyone coming to Whitstable.

OT
London
12 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a real gem of a place with lots of atmosphere and catering to the young and old alike. The service is excellent and the smiley.
The fish pie is well worthy of the 30 minute wait and demonstrates it’s cooked fresh to order and it is outstanding.
Will be returning again and again.

JS
London
14 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Friendly service, tasty food, highlights being a very tasty black pudding scotch egg and the strawberry dessert, good wine list ...and a pretty sunset to wash it all down!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

The food was average, but for the price I expected more. The portions were quite small, 2 wafer think slices of beef and the potatoes were quite dry.
Merge service was great and the location and view was outstanding. Great wine list too. It’s a shame the old wasn’t better as it could have got a better star rating if it had been.

D
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Friendly enough staff but hit and miss service
Food good but nothing exceptional and very small portions for the prices charged
Not nice enough nor value for money to see us return

DW
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

My first time here and really enjoyed it. I was disappointed that the online menu was not the menu on offer which did actually matter when one of our party has a gluten allergy. Nevertheless the food was delicious, service great and a lovely atmosphere. Definitely recommend.

M
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

First time we went to the Pearsons Arms we really enjoyed it but the last two times the food and service were very poor, has this place changed owner recently. Would now not go back again.

OT
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Great food. Great ambience. Service was a bit on the slow side. Otherwise faultless.

DF
London
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Food was lovely, staff were nice and we will be going again!

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Everything we wanted to eat had run out and our table was only 7.45pm. The small plates we ordered were nice although the sausage rolls were cold in the middle with warm pastry. The food took ages to come and the main course wasn’t fantastic was just ok. The thrice cooked chips tasted reheated so think twice cooked might be better . We had a lovely evening because it was about the company and not the food. Would recommend that if you are going to have a small menu which they have then make sure everything is available.

LM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience3

It was ok. Unfortunately we were literally vibrating with the noise from the Michael Buble tribute act downstairs, and could hardly hear each other speak across the table.

The food was good, but not outstanding. I had the fish and chips and was expecting it to look and taste amazing. I’m sure it was fresh, but it looked underwhelmingly ready made - the shape of a frozen fish fillet!

Nothing awful about anything we ate, in fact the olives were the tastiest I think i’ve ever had. But I wasn’t blown away.

Your staff are quite amazing though, very friendly, very responsive and a credit to you.

NW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience4

We might have had an unlucky visit but after really looking forward to this meal we left a little disappointed. Most of the staff were friendly enough but our waiter was not happy in his work. Came across as quite surly and having lost our original order came back to take it again without apology. We then had to wait 45 minutes for our starter. When it finally arrived again there was no apology for its lateness. The starter was non-descript. Lacked seasoning which was a bit of a surprise considered we ordered salt and pepper squid. Main (smoked haddock) was fine but nothing special and portion was quite small. Won’t be rushing back as I’m sure there are plenty of other lovely places to eat in Whitstable.

DK
Kent
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

Poor experience service was dreadful staff seemed uninterested

j
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

Service very slow. Food not great. Chips were under cooked and inedible , brisket was not very warm and was dry. Expensive for what it was although after complaining did take some money off the bill.

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

I loved the table with a view of the beach and sea. Food very good and ambience nice. A little pricey but overall a lovely experience.

DJ
London
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Lovely venue and very interesting menu

But service was so slow. Maybe they forgot about us but table beside us had almost finished their main course and we had to chase our starters. Then another long wait and again chase our mains and I reckon the food was ready waiting but kept under the heat in kitchen. The chips certainly were not out of the fryer freshly.
Otherwise food was v tasty. I will go again once more and hope that front of house service is inproved

CJ
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely staff. Excellent food. Great venue. The place was buzzing - Saturday

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

The experience was spoiled by very noisy people in the pub downstairs

N
London
14 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a fab meal here with 3 friends had 2 courses each and shared desserts with a glass of dessert wine each. We managed to have all of that with 2 bottles of wine and cost only £62 each, bargain!
Seafood planet seemed bottomless and the quality of all the food was good.
Staff were very attentive without being intrusive

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

Give this place a miss, not worth it. Poor service, very loud bar area full of people falling over, spilling their drinks and getting in the way.
Offered bottled or tap water: We ordered bottled still water and when it arrived it was labelled still, but was sparkling and the waitress said someone must’ve confused the bottle when the refilled it upstairs!
We ordered two gin and tonics from their special gin cocktail menu, both arrived without the garnishes they were supposed to come with
Starters were probably the highlight, four sharing plates were good
Main courses: she had steak - tough as trawlermans boots - I had sole which was both small, flavourless, and neither of us were given the correct knives for the chosen main.

All in all this place needs a lot of work. Avoid