15 of the best restaurants in Worthing
PUBLISHED: 10:17 26 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:17 26 October 2017
Over the past three years there has been a revolution in Worthing’s restaurant culture. Duncan Hall checks out the best
The Crab Shack was launched in June 2015 to provide somewhere good to eat locally caught fish in view of the seafront. Most fish is caught between Newhaven and Bognor, with lobster a seasonal favourite. Currently topping the restaurant review site TripAdvisor, the family-run restaurant has also received positive notices from The Spectator and Sunday Times.
Part of the Proto Group, which also runs Food Restaurant in New Street and The Fish Factory in Brighton Road, The Fat Greek Taverna first opened its doors in December 2014. The open space is perfect for big parties, who can enjoy a menu cooked in a wood oven or charcoal rotisserie. Mouthwatering options include wood-roasted quarter lamb shoulder, their trademarked halloumi hen, moussaka, black olive sea bass and their own Fat Pizza, with a £7 express lunch option.
Part of the exodus west from Brighton and Hove, Pizzaface has already established a name for itself in the city with two venues in Hove and Kemp Town. Located next door to another Brighton favourite with a Worthing presence, Boho Gelato, Pizzaface offers a unique menu of handcrafted pizzas using fresh ingredients on their own special recipe base. Options range from the Nadine – sun-dried tomatoes, goat’s cheese and caramelised onion – for £9, to the carnivore’s paradise Meathead – chorizo, pepperoni, pancetta, pork and wild boar salami and lamb prosciutto with onions and mushrooms – for £11.
Don’t expect to find pizza on the menu at this Italian favourite. Café, bar and bistro Cucinetta has been offering a traditional restaurant card in the evenings since it opened its doors at the end of 2013 – with options of primo, insalata, pasta and secondo courses. It also has a tasty brunch range offering a variety of egg dishes, filled ciabatta loaves and grilled focaccia sandwiches.
Specialising in sourdough pizza cooked in its central wood-fired oven and beautiful homemade gelato, Fiordilatte is a relatively new addition to the wide range of Italian options in Worthing. Uncowed by its location within sight of the Pizza Express chain it offers a large light and airy dining area in the heart of Worthing. Its small pizza-heavy menu offers toppings including Nduja sausage and the titular Fiordilatte cheese made from cow, rather than buffalo, milk.
Over the past few years the likes of Byron, Five Guys Named Moe and Shake Shack have replaced McDonalds as the home of the hamburger. Having opened last year The Woods offers burgers made from scratch from fresh locally sourced ingredients washed down with thick shakes, craft beers and a cocktail menu in a funky industrial-themed environment. Although they offer a four-stack of 3oz beef patties with The Mountain for £11.25 it’s not just about meat – there is also The Kraken, made from crispy fried squid, the Hello Me halloumi burger and a lentil patty entitled simply The Thing About Being Vegan.
The second of a one-two punch by Darren Gearing and Brighton brothers Matt and Tim Taylor, following their seafront bar and restaurant The Beach House. The North London-style gastropub, which opened in the former Stage last year, offers local ales and craft beers, accompanied by a menu of pub classics made from scratch.
A growing foodie culture in a town can be marked by two things – the arrival of what previously would have been a very niche cuisine and the difficulty food-lovers have of getting a table in said restaurant. DD’s Jerk ‘n’ Ting, which opened in January 2016, seems to have scored high on both counts. It offers an authentic Jamaican and Caribbean menu – something which is hard to find in Brighton let alone Worthing – and has been encouraging diners to book ahead if they want to sample a menu which includes curry goat, jerk chicken, ital vegetable curry or sharing platters at £30 for two.
Colonnade House, High Street
Claiming to serve the best chicken and steak in Worthing, Fernando’s stepped into the Nando’s-shaped hole in Worthing last year. The chain is set to come to the town towards the end of 2017, but it may face some serious local competition from Fernando’s. At the centre of the menu is their peri-peri chicken, at four different heat strengths, with further options of chicken lemon, chicken schnitzel and chicken a la cream. Plus there’s a range of steak, pasta and vegetarian options.
The former Luna restaurant was taken over in July 2016 by Dean and Samantha Lawrence, who now offer a wide-ranging menu of breakfasts, sliders, a range of classics including ribeye steak, braised shoulder of lamb and jambalaya, plus Sunday lunches and a Thursday night burger night. Dean describes the first few months as being a rollercoaster with lots of bumps along the road: “The biggest of which was me falling off a ladder outside the restaurant taking the old name down and subsequently breaking my femur and hip.”
The multi award-winning curry house is a firm favourite regularly shortlisted for the British Curry Awards and Asian Curry Awards.
Ever since 2006 Liming has offered contemporary Mexican cuisine and boasts a cocktail bar too.
For the past 15 years Imperial China has offered customers a classic Chinese spread in its palatial seafront restaurant.
With a second branch in Shoreham, this Italian-run favourite on the corner of Steyne Gardens offers a menu of classic dishes as well as pizza and pasta.
Originally Toto’s until it was renamed after its owner in December 2011, Giuseppes has built up a loyal following, serving a mix of locally sourced meat and fish with authentic Italian ingredients.
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