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The Pearson's Arms by Richard Phillips
The Pearson's Arms by Richard Phillips

The Pearson's Arms by Richard Phillips Details

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.pearsonsarmsbyrichardphillips.co.uk
  • Phone: 0122 777 3133
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Gastro Pub, English
  • Executive Chef: Richard Phillips
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, View, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Car Park
A word from The Pearson's Arms by Richard Phillips
The Pearson"s Arms is very much a community pub whilst retaining a welcome to tourists and those in search of a great night out; a place where local and seasonal fare are as much of the experience as the proud heritage of the town. The Pearson's Arms is a totally different Richard Phillips experience, but retains the quality, passion, and attentive service for which his restaurants are known. 'We are as passionate about our ales and wines as we are our food offering. I want this to be a real pub atmosphere, somewhere that is the hub of of a great community. A pub is a place to take friends and loved ones for fun and relaxation and we want to install a real community spirit. Our ethos naturally supports local businesses and where possible we always try to use Kent produce and apply the same thinking to our ales and drinks.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We booked for 12 on bank holiday Sunday and were on the top floor. They were very accommodating as we had a 7 months old and gave us a great table with space for the pushchair. The food was really good and very attentive staff, would definitely go back and would be a great local if you lived there :)"
    dined on 24/08/2014
  • "Food very average, service poor. it took 1 1/2 hours to be served one course only."
    dined on 17/08/2014
  • "Second visit with two very special friends. Was not disappointed. The black pudding scotch egg is amazing and as for the tripled fried chunky chips!!!!! Heaven. All washed down with a glass of champagne from a local supplier."
    dined on 13/08/2014
  • "Slightly Disappointing Sunday lunch, the Fish Pie was quite bland, and my Wife's Beef was a little over done and not too flavoursome and the extra portion of Runner Beans (which were a very good flavour) were very, very "Stringy" and although we mentioned this to the waitress I was surprised they were still charged for, as we left at least half of them, a shame, as some of the food coming out looked very good, might give it another try, the sharing pork looked very good, and the chap running the floor we were on was excellent."
    dined on 10/08/2014
  • "The staff. Were very accomadating with a table for6 and a 5 month baby with supply of a high chair. Food was fantastic and location was second to none overlooking beach.As we booked stating we would have a baby a week before would have been easier if we had been allocated ground floor dining.( push chair etc) rather than 3 rd floor Overall very impressed and would visit again"
    dined on 08/08/2014
  • "Delicious food and great value set lunch but VERY slow service despite a half empty restaurant. Dining room seemed excessively noisy and populated by some eccentric locals."
    dined on 07/08/2014
  • "The food was absolutely fantastic and the location of the Pearson's Arms is perfect - just off of the beach. Our table was overlooking the sea and the whole meal was fantastic value for money. It's a very child friendly venue - the staff kept our young sons amused with some Etch-a-sketch's they had had tucked away! The only issue was parking - I'd advice anyone visiting to make sure they get their early to find a space so that you're not in a rush."
    dined on 03/08/2014
  • "We had to wait a while for our food but that was a testament to the fact that everything is freshly cooked. Our mains were very tasty and our desserts fabulous. The 1st floor dining was also wonderfully cool on a very hot Sunday."
    dined on 27/07/2014
  • "We ate here for my birthday and it was the first night of the oyster festival so very busy! We had a beautiful table overlooking the sea. The food was delicious but I think due to it being so busy we didn't get the usual touches of the bread before our starters.The staff were very stretched so we had a wait a little while for our order to be taken and bill to arrive but somehow thy managed to get the food out very quickly and to its normal great quality. The main issue wasit was so busy in the bar the queue for the ladies toilet was ridiculous, luckily I know the area so was naughty and ran across to another restaurant and used their facilities, otherwise I could have easily waited 20 min in the queue! Overall though a lovey evening :)"
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "We've been to Whitstable half a dozen times but didn't realise the restaurant was there until we saw The Times restaurant guide. It's located right on the edge of the beach so we were able to look out over miles of beach from the high-level dining room. The restaurant was suitably relaxed and the staff friendly but offering timely service. The scallops with pea, mint and broad bean risotto were a highlight but the haddock and bubble and squeak was not to be underestimated. My only wish was that there was more choice for our vegetarian guest. We will however, definitely be re-booking."
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "Good, tasty food - nice and fresh ingredients. The scotch egg is amazing, and the fish really fresh. The lamb was a little bit fatty though. The restaurant itself was very noisy due to a large party - not the restaurants fault but something to bear in mind. Service was great and prompt. Would definitely go here again."
    dined on 25/07/2014
  • "Used to be a favourite restaurant, but won't be going back. The smallest portions of food ever, that didn't represent the pretentious menu. If you went in hungry you would leave still hungry having been charged for what should have been a decent meal. My husband sent back his fish dish, the smallest, thinest piece of cod I have ever seen under a mound of green, herby goo. It wouldn't have satisfied my cat. My rostiere (their word) potato on top of a small mound of shredded lamb with a teaspoon of chopped vegetable was a thin potato crisp. It was a great disappointment and will not be going back."
    dined on 25/07/2014
  • "Took my mum and a couple of friends here whilst visiting from Australia during the recent British heatwave. Excellent, fresh food and outstanding service, would ."
    dined on 24/07/2014
  • "I received a voucher to use at the Pearsons Arms, and used this for lunch, Amazing!!!! Food was excellent wide choice something for everyone. Service exceptional, no rush plenty of time between courses, good choice of wines and ales. I requested a window seat and was not disappointed it was a glorious day with views across the estuary all in all perfect.Will definitely be returning probably with the rest of the family in tow! On payment I realised that the voucher I had did not cover Sundays but this was accepted without any fuss."
    dined on 13/07/2014
  • "Had a nice lunch Saturday - although service was very slow. Wouldn't have minded but we'd booked a late lunch hoping it would be quieter - it was busy and very noisy until about 4pm. Would go back - but probably not on a Saturday afternoon with two hungry/hard of hearing parents."
    dined on 12/07/2014
  • "We have visited this restaurant in the past but many years ago and then it was just average. We have to say now it is very good the food was excellent and the service friendly and professional. We will defiantly go again and as we are local have already recommended it to friends"
    dined on 11/07/2014
  • "We've been coming to Pearson's Arms for a while now and our recent visit was perhaps our 3rd. I'm afraid to say that we think that the food quality has dropped and we will not be coming again. My steak was very nice. What disappointed us most was the duck my wife ordered, this was overcooked and dry."
    dined on 11/07/2014
  • "Great service, amazing sea views (when sat at the right tables), brilliant food and reasonably priced but good wine! Will definitely return in future."
    dined on 06/07/2014
  • "Friday night dinner was a delight. Nice upstairs restaurant. Table overlooked the beach with a fabulous sunset. Food choice was excellent. Nicely presented. Nice atmosshere, reasonably priced for quality of food. would definitely recommend to others and will go back.o"
    dined on 27/06/2014
  • "The Pearson's Arms is our favourite place for special occasions. We recently celebrated our wedding anniversary there and were delighted to be shown to the table for two that is situated upstairs on the corner overlooking the beach & the Oyster Company building. With the window wide open on a balmy evening, watching the sun go down it was very special. Add to this delicious fresh food lovingly prepared, and it was perfection."
    dined on 26/06/2014
  • "Upon recommendation, we booked a Saturday lunch here and were more than thrilled with our experience! We grabbed a drink at the bar downstairs before heading upstairs to our table. Our table was a cosy little 2 seater with a view straight out the window overlooking the water. The food was cooked brilliantly, from the starters through to the desserts... simply delicious! We got the 3 course deal, and it was worth more than the 15 quid each easily! Simply delicious! The service was also great & friendly, just as you would expect from a small country town. We will definitely go back when I'm next in Whitstable!"
    dined on 21/06/2014
  • "Turned up massively late and was still served beyond the actual kitchen closure with one of the tastiest burgers known to man. Delicious chips too. Simple fare but super tasty. Friendly staff, nice relaxed atmosphere, sea view, cold beverages and not noisy (though I bet it can be). Wunderbar."
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "I have visited this restaurant before and it was perfect, however this time not so good. It was Sunday lunch so some of the main courese had been removed for roasts. I had the fish which was disappointing and had an ammonia taste to it. I should have sent it back but for some reason didn’t. My husband had the beef which was excellent. Also, my wine was not as cold as it should be so had to ask for an ice bucket. Pet hate of mine. The restuarant is lovely, looking out to sea by an open window. I will go back but not on a Sunday."
    dined on 08/06/2014
  • "The food, atmosphere and staff were great. Great views from our table. Watch out as the optional service charge is added to your bill, so you have to ask for that to be taken off if you don't want to pay for it. "
    dined on 07/06/2014
  • "Food very good and fantastic value. Limited but pleasing choices on Sunday Lunch menu."
    dined on 01/06/2014
  • "Have dined here before. Nice friendly bar downstairs and excellent dining area above. Food nicely presented and a good choice. Recommend a table by a window looking out to the beach. Would come back here. "
    dined on 26/05/2014
  • "Although we didn't expect it to be quiet - the noise from the band downstairs was manageable it was the noise from the table next door which causes us to ask to be moved (with several diners following suit). This was not the staff's fault per se and they were polite about it but they should have asked the table to be quieter -also possibly reduce the volume of alcohol being served! I have never asked to move table before and am normally very laid back but the noise from this table was unbelievable. Spoiled a nice meal"
    dined on 25/05/2014
  • "Pearsons is a regular for great food and cocktails in Whitstable - never disappoints"
    dined on 25/05/2014
  • "Had Sunday lunch here and was very impressed. Great food, great service and lovely environment. "
    dined on 25/05/2014
  • "There was, unbelievably, no main course vegetarian choice! As we were three people, two of whom were vegetarian, this was a problem. One of the two ate fish but the other didn't, so had to have a very small starter as a main meal. The food was scanty and not well cooked, and the deserts were ridiculously expensive so we didn't bother. The restaurant is riding on the fact it has good views of the sea. Afraid that's not enough when you want a Saturday night meal. Extremely disappointing and we won't be back, or recommend."
    dined on 24/05/2014
  • "The standard of the food and presentation was overall very good but unfortunately there were no vegetarian options available for the main course - only two starters. I was very dissappointed with this as I have never been to a restaurant before where they didn't have at least one option for a veggie main meal. Myself and my partner had to order from the starters menu for our mains (asking for a larger portion) and this really wasn't substantial enough. We both got starters but requested the meat to be removed and this was very nice. Both of my parents also enjoyed their meals as they are meat eaters. The puddings were also lovely. Overall the price and service were very good but I would not come back due to the lack of food options. "
    dined on 11/05/2014
  • "Once again the The Pearsons Arms delivered a fantastic lunch.....all courses...beautiful. Can't fault the place."
    dined on 11/05/2014
  • "Booked dinner at the Pearsons for three friends at the weekend. The pub was lovely with views looking directly over the beach. The food however was disappointing. The portions were that of which you might give a child and the prices charged extortionate considering we left hungry. The staff were friendly enough but weren't as attentive as I would have liked. We practically had to prompt them each time we needed something. Would go for a drink here but would ditch the restaurant. "
    dined on 10/05/2014
  • "The food was amazing, my partner and I very much enjoyed our time there. Only slight criticism our waiter was quite slow but overall excellent and would definitely recommend to family and friends and we will return."
    dined on 10/05/2014
  • "This was our 2nd visit to the Pearsons Arms and once again the experience was great. The freshness of the ingredients and the variety on the menu ensures that all needs are catered for. I started with the smoked haddock omelette, beautifully light yet rich. This was followed by the best ribeye steak i have had in a long time. I rounded of the meal with a lovely cheeseboard of local cheeses. The wine list is extensive and suits every pocket. Great value and a great experience."
    dined on 09/05/2014
  • "Perfect location and attractive dining room with attentive staff. Food tasty, but set menu not such good value after paying extra for bread with starter (should be included) and side dishes. Friends I brought were disappointed overall."
    dined on 08/05/2014
  • "Been here before and is a definate must go to when in Whitstable. Really great menu choices and the food is non fussy and fresh and just really good. The Pearsons Arms is set right on the beach so with a window seat it's great to watch the sun going down. The pub downstairs is also really good and has on occasion live music and does a Pie and a Pint night on Thursdays....! Love this place and can't reccomend highly enough! "
    dined on 07/05/2014
  • "We aimed to impress our friends who were visiting from Tadworth and we succeeded thanks to the friendly and helpful waiting staff at Pearsons. They made the meal complete. Our friends are considering a move to be nearer to us in Whitstable and I am sure our dining experience has worked in all our favour."
    dined on 04/05/2014
  • "Had a row about the charge of £ 24 for a bottle of Argentine Merlot. Food ok but £ 14.50 for a portion of fish pie ( in a pub next to a fish quay ! ) was way too much Had far better food and value for money at Tapas in Harbour St. "
    dined on 03/05/2014
  • "We have been to Pearsons before and found it pleasant. However, the portions were small for the price paid and to have to add vegetables and potatoes as side dishes when the main courses were so minute seemed excessive. One of the party had to wait an extra 20 minutes for his meal as the waitress had mis ordered, yet his side dish was presented when the majority of the food appeared. An apology was forthcoming, but a reflection of their mistake in the bill - without having to ask - would have been appropriate."
    dined on 02/05/2014