A global field guide to design, (life)style and secret finds
est. 2007
  1. A week of Kent: Sundae Sundae

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    Just a couple of doors down from Frank on Harbour Street is the utterly irresistible Sundae Sundae, a retro seaside shop with a self-styled ‘'ice cream delicatessen’. It’s a delightfully kitsch celebration of nostalgic British summer-time, stocking a fanciful selection of brightly coloured buckets, spades and ‘proper’ seaside toys.

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    It’s the range of weird and wonderful icecream flavours that catch my eye, like raspberry cheesecake, crème brulle, lavender sorbet, stem ginger and cracked pepper. For an extra-special treat, your scoops can be served in plastic sailing boats, complete with a little sail.

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    The various flavours are all-natural and sourced from small British farms, some as far away as Yorkshire. But the more experimental flavours are made in-house, like the fresh basil icecream, which is apparently very refreshing on a hot summer’s day.

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    There’s also a tasty line-up of retro English sweets, including the ever-popular flying saucers, love hearts, Dip Dabs, Whitstable rock, sugar mice and (my favourite) Tunnock’s tea cakes.

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    Towards the back of the store you’ll find a charming collection of vintage crockery and ephemera, like old Beano mags, vintage annuals and retro sundae glasses. I couldn’t resist the vintage saucy postcards, the ultimate seaside souvenir.

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    Out the back garden, there's everything you could possibly need to kit out the beach hut of your dreams, right down to the vintage oars and old fair signs.

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    It’s a little bit Beach Blanket Bingo, British style.

    Sundae Sundae
    62 Harbour St
    Whitstable, Kent CT5 1AG
    Opening hours: Variable, but usually 11am to 6pm (and sometimes ‘til 8pm if it’s a scorcher)

    • http://www.jacobwrestling.blogspot.com Cassandra

      Thanks Wee Birdy, what a fantastic series. You won’t believe this (or maybe you will…) although we head to Whitstable most weekends, I have never been in ANY of the shops. My husband steers me towards the beach at all times. Gutting. One day I will break out, however, and go running to Frank et al with a scream of utter joy. Has Sara at Viola made contact with you yet? She’s a bit of a technophobe and only does Facebook though I am trying to get her Twittered up…anyway, will send you her e-mail address. The floor of Viola is exquisite, it is painted with a wonderful design of birds in trees, you’d love it.

    • http://le-petit-oiseau.blogspot.com/ nath

      this looks like heaven. i must must go!

    • http://prettypollysprettythings.blogspot.com/ Polly R

      Wow this shop looks lovely. Is there still a sweet shop there called Fat Boy or something like that?
      I can’t remember the name, but it’s lovely. xx

    • http://makedostyle.blogspot.com Make Do Style

      Brilliant info – just what I needed as we are going to book a weekend Whitstable break soon!

    • http://www.charsinthecity.blogspot.com Char

      I want to go crabbing! It sounds like fun

    • http://fabricnationadventures.blogspot.com/ Fabric Nation

      he he The inside of my head looks like Sundae Sundae!

    • http://kickcanandconkers.blogspot.com Deb

      Looks like my kind of shop – British summer hols, donkeys, rock, fish and chips… miss this

    • Vicky.T

      Ohh I spend the majority of my year living in Canterbury at uni, and whilst away at the moment this series is making me seriously miss Whitstable and all its charm, i love the Cherry Bakewell ice cream Sundae Sundae do, but special mention should also go to Harbor Books just opposite, the Whitstable Brewery and Take the Plunge all of whom have been making my student life complete,but maybe more is to come about these?
      Just a few weeks and i can be back- can’t wait!

    • Owen

      Polly R, the sweet shop you mentioned is THE SUGAR BOY

    • http://www.tiffanyjewelryllc.com/ Caleb

      It’s the range of weird and wonderful icecream flavours that catch my eye, like raspberry cheesecake, crème brulle

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      Hello, birdy! Bye-bye, birdy! I feel crazy right now!!! Blah-blah-blah

    • Zoehenrietta

      So many great photos..should add PIN IT!