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The Peter Cushing in Whitstable – a true Wetherspoon classic

The Peter Cushing Wetherspoon pub in Whitstable

When I first repaired to the stunning Kentish seaside town of Whitstable, I had little idea that it would be so dedicated and devoted to one of my childhood heroes, the much loved English actor Peter Cushing.

That this fine working actor was one of the town’s favourite residents is evident in many tributes, but none more poignant than the local J D Wetherspoon pub, aptly and simply named The Peter Cushing.

Once the Oxford cinema, the chain took over the building in 2011, transforming it into an Art Deco style palace, while retaining the essence and dignity of its former incarnation. The foyer is beautifully preserved, bedecked with posters and stills from classic films of the fifties and sixties, while the main hall itself is a splendidly magnificent auditorium, majestically presided over at the bar end by a huge, wall sized black and white print of Cushing and Robert Urquhart in Hammer’s 1957 production of The Curse of Frankenstein. Some of the star’s original paintings also grace the walls, celebrating the multiple talents of this true English gentleman.

The provender on offer is the usual fantastic bill of fare we’ve become used to from the Wetherspoon stable, representing first class quality and exceptional value for money. There’s an equally impressive selection of ales and lagers, complemented by superb wines, spirits and cocktails, all at extremely reasonable prices.

This superbly run establishment is an absolute pleasure to patronise, and is indeed the perfect homage to one of the true British greats of cinema.


16 – 18 Oxford Street

Tel.: 0044 (0)1227 284100

Popularity: 24% [?]

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