Tankerton is a suburb of Whitstable, located east of Whitstable Harbour on the north Kent coast. The name probably derives from “Tangrenton”, which first appears in the The Book Of Fees for 1242, in which Willelmus de Tangrenton holds a half fee in service of King Edward I. The land remained in family ownership until the 1890s when a solicitor bought the estate realising the opportunities increasing railway usage would bring to the area. At the close of the 19th century, the area was parcelled up and sold by auction, with strict covenants governing what might be permitted, which is one of the reasons Tankerton-on Sea, as it was known then, has a unique character.
Nowadays, it’s a place where people come to rest and relax. Colourful beach huts line the blue flag beach, there are local shops, pubs, bars, cafés on and around the main street. Tankerton Slopes, leading down from Marine Parade to the sea is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and, if the tide is low, you can walk out on The Street, an unusual shingle spit that juts out perpendicularly from the beach for up to 800 metres (depending on the tide).
And, naturally, this is where you will find the Tankerton Arms.
Famous since Roman times for its oysters, Whitstable is a favourite getaway for Londoners, or as they’re known locally, DFLs (Down From London). With a harbour at its centre, streets of quirky local shops, cute nautical houses, excellent pubs and restaurants (serving locally produced food, especially seafood and, of course, oysters), it’s a popular place for holiday makers from both the UK and abroad. Only five miles north of Canterbury and 1 hr 15mins from London by high-speed train, on summer weekends Whitstable is a lively bustling place and it’s one of the few places in the east of Britain where you can see spectacular sunsets over the sea.
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