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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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSunday Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The name of the restaurant / pub suggests that it will serve high quality food, as does the price of the food. However the god was poorly cooked with overlooked meat and undercooked vegetables. Not good and Whitstable has much better food available elsewhere. Pizza carousel for example."
    dined on 01/05/2014
  • "Went here for dinner, from the a la carte menu, which showed great promise. Both my partner and I went for crab and lobster starters, seeing as we are in whitstable. To our disappointment, the prawn and lobster consisted of one prawn and a small amount of lobster sliced up, all for 10. The crab was a blended crab that removed any fresh taste. In a location like this people want fresh, good value seafood or something completely different, this is neither. The mains were average, small, somewhat tasteless, I had the beef, my Yorkshire was overcooked and tough, which I left and the beef a small, cold amount. I left the Yorkshire and told the waitress my disappointment at it being over cooked, to the response 'trouble of cooking them yourself' "
    dined on 27/04/2014
  • "Dined with 3 friends - had the Easter Sunday lunch menu. Good food (except for the potted shrimp which was really sloppy & very disappointing) and nice service. "
    dined on 20/04/2014
  • "the food was stunning. the service exceptional. a little pricey but you certainly got what you paid for. only downside was the it was a little warm. could have done with air con or opening a window. will certainly return"
    dined on 20/04/2014
  • "This was not my first choice of venue to give my sister lunch on her eightieth birthday. The family had had good experiences there in the last but this was great disappoinmrnt, my sister was embarassed at having brought me there and said it must have changed hands such was the change sof ervice and food quality. The marketing seems to be about Richard Philips rather than the food and to try to take on the local top dog on one its signature dishes was foolhardy. "
    dined on 16/04/2014
  • "Booked for Sunday lunch with friends and received a warm and friendly welcome. Had a seat next to the window with a sea view and received great service without being rushed. Great for a lunchtime catch up with good friends."
    dined on 13/04/2014
  • "We had a table with view of the sea which was amazing and what I wanted. Service was polite and friendly. The food was well presented but lacked flavour and therefore seemed expensive for what it was. Desserts were better though. I had booked for as part of a romantic weekend away but the restaurant is quite noisy so is better suited for small groups perhaps. It was not in anyway a negative experience but the food was unmemorable."
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the Pearson's Arms. The cocktails were well prepared and the food was excellent with a nice choice. The service was also very good with friendly staff. The place was really buzzing so the only observation I would make is that it would not be a quiet candlelit dinner for two type of place, well not on a Saturday night anyway. Highly recommended."
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "amazing food and amazing location right next to the sea, watched sunset whilst eating, very romantic;-)"
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "Great food but an even better view out to the sea. Imagine it would be THE place to be during the oyster festival"
    dined on 12/04/2014