15 of the best coastal dining spots in Sussex
PUBLISHED: 11:00 21 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:20 21 June 2017
From glorious gardens to stunning seascapes, and not forgetting fabulous food, Jenny Mark-Bell and Alice Cooke bring you the best places to eat this summer
East Beach Café, Littlehampton
As locals know, this used to be a burger stand, but those days are long gone. The architecture alone is worth stopping by for, but smiley owners Jane and Sophie have done much more to it than just that. Made by local welders in 2006, the exterior of the café is an architectural wonder. The aim in building it was to create jobs for local people and champion local produce.
Come for breakfast, lunch, supper, or maybe even just a cocktail or a glass of wine. The portions are generous, the food is as fresh as it gets, and there really is something for everyone, from delicious pan- seared sardines to the sort of sticky toffee pudding that childhood dreams are made of.
The Fish Factory, Worthing
I urge you try the soft shell crabs, because if you like seafood they really will make your day so much better. It’s great value for money here and the menu is fantastic. As a result it’s understandably popular, but there are plenty of seats so it’s not often a problem.
The Beach House, West Wittering
A guest house with a licensed restaurant, you’ll be tempted to make a weekend of it, as you’ll want to try everything on the menu. Take a walk along the harbour-side footpaths to work off the inevitably huge amount that you will eat. It is all just so good.
Boat House Café, Bognor
Your four-legged friend is as welcome as you are, so after you’ve scoured the beach for winkles and mussels, sit back and watch the waves as you enjoy a light lunch, a more substantial evening meal, or just a locally made ice cream.
The Salt Room, Brighton
This relatively new addition to Brighton’s seafront dining scene has the USP of seafood cooked on the Josper grill made locally famous by the owner’s other restaurant, The Coal Shed. There’s a lovely terrace where you can people-watch and the lobster comes recommended.
GB1 at The Grand, Brighton
The seafood afternoon tea is a subversion of an old-fashioned classic that swaps the petits fours for prawns. The immensely generous spread comes with a smoked salmon sandwich on delicious chewy bread, a salted scone with sour cream and caviar. The big surprise? Delicious brown bread gelato. The freshest, juiciest prawns, rich crab meat, oysters and pickled mussels complete the indulgence.
Riddle and Finns, Brighton
Located right on the pebbles of Brighton Beach, in King’s Road Arches, this is a spectacular place to enjoy Riddle and Finns’ excellent fish and seafood. It’s a champagne and oyster bar, so do the thing properly and treat yourself to some of each, perhaps followed by a fruits de mer platter.
Webbe’s at The Fish Café, Tower Street, Rye
Local seafood champions Webbe’s have outposts at the Jerwood Gallery, Rock-a-Nore and here in Rye. Depending on seasonal availability, the menu might include asparagus mousse, dressed Hastings crab and local fish stew, all cooked with consummate skill.
The Lobster Pot, Felpham
Sit in the sunshine right on the beach, whether it’s for a coffee, a hearty breakfast, a seriously good sandwich or a perfectly cooked evening meal. The grilled mackerel salad and the kiln- smoked salmon nicoise are particularly good.
The Gallivant, Camber
With an absolutely stunning location on Camber Sands, the food has quite a bit to live up to. But it manages that and more, featuring classics like fish and chips, as well as their Saddleback pork belly. There’s also a five-course tasting menu for £55 (food only) or £85 (food and wine).
The Beach House, Worthing
Sister bar to Celebration of Sussex Life Award winner The Corner House is this cafe located right next to the pier. With a beachfront terrace perfect for watching the world go by and an inside area with open kitchen, expect a really relaxed atmosphere at The Beach House. Enjoy a burger, homemade chilli corn carne, cod and chips or some of the light bite options.
Billy’s on the Beach, Chichester
Whether it’s chicken, crumble or a cappuccino that you’re after, it’s all done brilliantly here, and you can guarantee it’ll be served with a smile. A relative newcomer to the area, Billy’s has quickly established itself as a local gem.
Pagham Beach Café, Pagham
Friendly staff who splendidly never seem to make you wait for your food, no matter how busy it is – and it certainly does fill up. American diner-style décor makes for a relaxed, chatty atmosphere and straightforward food done really very well.
The Anchor Bleu, Bosham
This old pub has beautiful views over the harbour in the peaceful little village of Bosham. They serve simple tasty food such as ribeye steak, whitebait and fish and chips. Be very careful where you park on the shore if the tide is out – cars have been known to disappear underwater! The village car park is a lot safer...
Eat at The Stade, Hastings
This light, contemporary café by the sea in Hastings Old Town is family friendly. Situated opposite the Jerwood Gallery in the Stade Open Space, it offers simple food done well and has plenty of veggie options. There’s a play area with toys and books, lots of highchairs and plenty of room for pushchairs. Great for breakfast, lunch or coffee and cake.