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East Quay Venue


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The venue, which was originally home to the Seasalter and Ham Oyster Fishery Company, sits ideally located on the East side of Whitstable harbour.
The venue has an authentic seaside atmosphere and charm, with a lot of the original structure and brickwork. Inside the building, framed onto walls are the companies and Whitstable’s, history in art form. Due to the building’s history and aesthetics, we hold a number of cosy winter weddings, lighting the log burner creates homely and intimate feel.

We have our own private shingle beach area, perfect for your guests to enjoy the fresh sea breeze and an infamous Whitstable sunset.
Should you be opting for a winter wedding, we have a log burner available to light, perfect for creating a cosy and intimate feel.

As part of The Whitstable Oyster Company, we produce our own oysters. At low tide you can see our oysters beds, and during the afternoon our farmers can be found grading, sorting and washing the oysters at the East Quay site. After three years of hard graft the oysters are ready for purification before being distributed to our businesses. Why not offer your guests a selection of freshly shucked, battered or alcoholic oysters during your drinks reception?

Our venue is considered a ‘blank canvas’ to which couples have free reign to decorate how they see fit, however as most agree the building has its own character and charm and the view speaks for itself. As the venue is on the beach with have the pleasure of watching a beautiful sunset in the evenings, which most couple’s team with sparklers as an end to their photographs for the day.

The Ceremony:
We are registered to perform civil ceremonies; in which we have two rooms on offer. We have a mezzanine room available, with sea views, which caters for up to 100 wedding guests. Alternatively, we have a downstairs licensed ceremony area for up to 70 guests, which also couples with the evening dance floor space.

Reception and Wedding Breakfast:
The East Quay Venue can accommodate up to 100 guests for the ceremony and drinks reception. We offer a variety of packages for the drinks reception, including champagne, cocktails, oysters and canapés, all of which can be served outside on the shingle beach.
Our venue can accommodate up to 120 guests for the wedding breakfast, to which we can tailor the table arrangements and seating plans. Our menus vary from a Hog Roast, BBQ or to the more traditional sit down meal. The most popular is our newspaper print boxed fish and chips option, perfectly fitting for being on the beach. All of our produce is locally sourced, our fish has been caught by local fishermen who work out of the harbour, some of which whom have worked with our company for over 30 years. Whitstable is the home of reputedly the best oysters in the world, which we lay on our own beds and then dredge ourselves.
The majority of the catering is provided by our in-house chef team, although wedding couples may bring in their own readymade evening buffets. We allow a variety of external companies to come in and enhance the couples day, including ice-cream bikes or van, sweet carts and popcorn machines, candy floss makers and cheese or wedding cakes.
We have a newly refurbished dressing room available in the venue itself, which is available to all guests at any point throughout the event.
The company owns its own hotel, Hotel Continental, and converted Fisherman’s Huts. Couples and all of their guests receive a discount for the night of the wedding when booking at the Hotel Continental, which is situated less than 300meters from the East Quay Venue. The converted Fishermans Huts are roughly 130 years old, and are where the Fishermen used to store their gear and later on house their families. The Hotel Continental also offers their own function room for wedding couples to use the following day.

Our Team:
We have three event managers at East Quay Venue, along with a dedicated receptionist. Our event managers are on hand to assist the couples with all aspects of their day, with an extensive list of recommended suppliers. Every couple receives a personal service, with regular meetings and someone available to correspond with 7days a week. The couple’s personal event manager will be there on the day of the wedding to oversee everything.

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Beach front wedding venue with direct sea views Grade II listed building, steeped in Whitstable's coast history On site dressing room, available for use all day Exclusive used on the venue on the day Sister hotel, just a 5minute walk away, with a discount available for you and your guests Relaxed and shabby-chic atmosphere Beach

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East Quay Venue - Kent

East Quay Venue - Kent

East Quay Venue Kent

East Quay Venue - Kent

East Quay Venue- Kent

East Quay Venue


Bridebook – 30 Best Winter Wedding Venues in the UK
Bridebook – 30 Best Winter Wedding Venues in the UK
Evening Standard – 30 of the best wedding venues in the UK
Evening Standard – 30 of the best wedding venues in the UK
Wedding Industry Award Finalist 2016, 2017, 2018
Wedding Industry Award Finalist 2016, 2017, 2018
Bridebook Wedding Venue of the Year, South East 2017
Bridebook Wedding Venue of the Year, South East 2017
Luxury Travel UK Beach Front Wedding Venue of the Year 2018
Luxury Travel UK Beach Front Wedding Venue of the Year 2018
Hitched UK Wedding Awards Runner Up 2018
Hitched UK Wedding Awards Runner Up 2018


UKbride Approved Supplier
UKbride Approved Supplier


East Quay Venue, Whitstable Harbour, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1AB

East Quay Venue

  • East Quay Venue
  • Whitstable Harbour
  • Whitstable
  • Kent
  • CT5 1AB
  • United Kingdom

Meet the Wedding Coordinator

Image of Key Person Clare, Kirsty and Lucy – Event’s Management
Clare, Kirsty and Lucy – Event’s Management

We, as a team, believe in assisting our couples in making their day the best it can be. Everyone has individual beliefs and ideas of the ‘perfect day’ and we aim to understand and characterise this as best we can. We aim to ensure every couples wedding is as unique and individual as our venue is.