Top quality food and drink and arts and crafts will be on sale at the new South Quay Shed at Whitstable Harbour when it opens in the next few weeks.

The South Quay Shed

Photo: Canterbury City Council

Canterbury City Council announced on Thursday the traders that will be moving into the 15 units in the town’s newest venue. They are:

  • Rewear
  • The Whitstable Distillery Company Limited
  • Knotstuff Crafts
  • Dunk Cookies Ltd
  • HatHats Coffee At The Quay Ltd
  • The Fish Course
  • Lost Sheep Coffee Limited
  • Wit of Whitstable
  • Art Shed Whitstable
  • Lavender & Blackberry Limited
  • Pork & Co (UK) Limited
  • Rad Burger
  • Charlie Chan’s Asian Street Food
  • Sooshi Sushi Ltd  
  • The Picnic Box

The 16th and final space, the Unit 6 bar, will be run directly by the council, as well as providing an on-site management facility.

The South Quay Shed
Spacious interior Photo: Canterbury City Council

The new South Quay Shed has replaced the previous asbestos clad eyesore at the harbour, combining high-specification materials and the old concrete frame to create a sustainable new building fully in keeping with its location and offering stunning views.

The internal large courtyard with a mezzanine deck is themed on maritime operations and the food and retail outlets are situated on both the ground and first floors.

The South Quay Shed
Photo: Canterbury City Council

In selecting the new tenants, which was run through a competitive tender process, the council required bidders to be local businesses or sole traders (rather than large organisations), to offer local employment proposals, to have no single-use plastics and to demonstrate sustainable business practices.

Chairman of the Whitstable Harbour Board, Cllr Neil Baker, said: “We have a brilliant mix of food and drink businesses and other traders taking up residence in the new South Quay Shed. Together they will help create a vibrant attraction for Whitstable that will be a fantastic place to while away a few hours in.

South Quay Shed
View of the harbour Photo: Canterbury City Council

“Interest levels in the development have been very high and we were several times oversubscribed for the units, such was the enthusiasm from traders who were keen to be part of what we’ve created.

“We are now in the final stages of this project, with the traders fitting out their units and, fittingly for a harbour venue, getting everything ship shape. Details about the opening will be provided soon and we’re looking forward to welcoming everybody in the next few weeks.”

By Ed

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