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Pretty town with one of Britain’s best pubs that is dangerously close to the sea

Home to one of Britain’s best pubs, which looks like it is falling into the sea, one charming seaside town is becoming a firm favourite with pub lovers.

Whitstable, which sits on the north coast of Kent where the Swale and Greater Thames estuaries meet, is home to the Old Neptune pub which sits in the middle of town’s beach and is at the top of most pubhoppers lists.

The boozer has already been rebuilt twice after two storms saw tides destroy the building, but this did not prompt bosses to move the pub closer to shore and still today it sits worryingly close to the sea.

Nicknamed the Neppy by locals, visitors can find photographs detailing the pub’s history inside along with an array of British comfort food such as fish and chips, pie and mash and hot dogs.

Tourism blog, Travelzoo, which ranked the pub as one of its quirky favourites, said: “It’s incredibly old, it’s on the beach, it oozes character, there’s always a great buzz and where else can you get a better view while drinking your beer?”

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The town is also packed with many other great boozers including the Tankerton Arms micropub, the Twelve Taps and the Ship Centurion.

Other attractions include Whitstable’s stunning beach and harbour which are perfect for morning and evening strolls with its coast punctuated by colourful beach huts.

The harbour even has its own market which has expanded rapidly over the last few years and sells all manner of arts and crafts.

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Whitstable has a legendary lunch spot in the VC Jones fish and chip shop which has served the town since 1962 and is known for its thick crunchy batter.

The town centre is packed with independent shops from record store Gatefield Sounds to the tiny Ruskin clothing store in Harbour Street.

Once known as Tankerton Towers, Whitstable even has its own castle which is actually a large house built for the Pearson family in the 1790s.

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Visitors to Whitstable Castle can enjoy an afternoon tea and roam around its vibrant gardens and pristine lawns.

The town even has a fair share of art galleries for its size from Fishslab Gallery, which supports new artists, to Chappell Contemporary, which is packed with limited edition prints.

Those wishing to sample the delights of Whitstable can book in to its central five-star Boat House bed and breakfast for about £150 for a weekend.

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