East Quay Venue


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Information For East Quay Venue

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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3. Trust your professionals – You are paying professionals to take the stress away from you, trust them and you can sit back and enjoy your day

East Quay Venue Reviews

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Ruth Marshall
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28 Sep 2019
We want to thank all the staff at East Quay for making our special day an incredible day to treasure forever!! Nothing was too much trouble and your team are amazing!! What a beautiful place to hold an amazing wedding!!
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Alexandra Fitzgerald
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10 Aug 2019
Amazing wedding venue. They couldn’t do enough for us! Lucy on the day was fab and the next day as well when we were collecting our stuff. The venue itself is beautiful and so many guests commented that it was their favourite ever wedding venue. The food was amazing and all the staff so brilliant at their jobs. Can’t recommend this venue enough for your wedding!
Response from East Quay Venue
Thank you Mr and Mrs Fitzgerald! I am so happy you had an amazing day with us! Congratulations again to the both of you! Love Lucy and the EQV Team xx
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laura bern
Review Date
28 Jul 2019
We count our lucky stars that we decided to book the East Quay for our wedding. The service we received from start to finish was outstanding and far beyond expectations - so many venues seem to lose sight of the fact that people are planning the most special day of their lives, and business gains are the primary goal - East Quay however make you feel special from the outset, are true professionals, give excellent advice, and their confidence in being able to deliver the best day ever means as the customer you can just enjoy the day. The venue is truly unique, the food is like no other, and the setting will give guests something to talk about for a long time. If you're looking for a unique wedding venue but with zero complications and peace of mind, look no further!
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Charlotte Wellbelove
Review Date
15 Apr 2019
We had the most wonderful wedding day at EQV - the team were excellent, especially Clare, who made sure everything ran smoothly. Food was great, drinks were flowing, everybody had an amazing time! Would definitely recommend for anybody wanting a quirky seaside wedding!
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Emma and Chris
Wedding Date
03 Dec 2018
Thank you.
Dear Shelly and everyone at the East Quay,
Thankyou so much for all your help planning and hosting the wedding. The venue was amazing and your help was incredible.
Thank you to all the bath staff and chefs. The food was amazing and service fabulous.
Shelly you were helpful and quick to respond to my queries.
All our love, Emma and Chris
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Katie and Chris
Wedding Date
14 Nov 2018
Thank you
Clare and the East Quay team,
Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding day so special. Everything was perfect and we couldn't have been happier with our choice of venue and with how the day went.
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Chris and Emma
Wedding Date
10 Nov 2018
Just amazing
Having my wedding at the Eastquay was the best decision we made. The venue is stunning. The staff and wedding planner were so brilliant and helpful. The guest commented on how amazing the food was! It was so lovely to have such a fabulous venue where we live in whitstable. Thankyou Eastquay
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Jo and Dan
Wedding Date
02 Nov 2018
A Massive Thank You
Dear Lucy and All at the East Quay,
A massive thank you for everything you did for us on our special day.
It was everything we dreamed of and more...
Your hard work and attention to detail was outstanding!
All of our guests were really impressed with the venue and food.
Love, Jo and Dan
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Lou and Russ
Wedding Date
20 Oct 2018
Amazing venue and service!
From the moment we looked round East Quay as a potential venue to the day of our wedding the team were super friendly, professional and on top of everything to make our wedding as perfect and stress free as possible. We can’t praise this venue and team enough, the location is uniquely beautiful, food is amazing and staff friendly and professional.
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Paul and Katie
Wedding Date
19 Oct 2018
Thank you
To Lucy,
our wedding day was simply perfect and you played an integral part in making everything happen from start to finish we could not have wished or wanted more. Your perfect communication from the moment we booked was faultless anyone looking to book their wedding would be made not to have it at the East Quay and yourself as the planner.
Love Paul and Katie xx
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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.