14 brilliant beach restaurants and cafes in Sussex
PUBLISHED: 11:52 03 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:53 03 July 2018
From glorious gardens to stunning seascapes, and not forgetting fabulous food, we bring you the best places to eat this summer
As locals know, this used to be a burger stand, but those days are long gone. The architecture alone is worth stopping by for. 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 glass of wine. The menu includes beetroot & goats cheese risotto, pan seared sardines and halloumi burger.
Sea Road BN17 5GB
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 with gourmet fish burger, whole-tail scampi and plaice fillet featuring. As a result it’s understandably popular, but there are plenty of seats so it’s not often a problem.
51 Brighton Road BN11 3EE
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 ham, egg & chips, lasagne, boathouse burger or perhaps just an ice cream.
19 Blakes Road PO22 7EE
This Brighton seafront restaurant (located next to the Hilton Brighton Metropole) 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.
106 Kings Road BN1 2FU
The seafood afternoon tea is a subversion of an old-fashioned classic that swaps the petits fours for prawns. The immensely generous spread includes fresh crab, treacle-cured salmon, Poole Bay oysters and Keta cavia.
97-99 Kings Road BN1 2FW
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.
2b Meeting House Lane BN1 1HB
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.
17 Tower Street TN31 7AT
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.
Canning Road PO22 7AF
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 cod, tomato, caper and olive and Sussex Red rib-eye steak.
New Lydd Road TN31 7RB
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.
23 Marine Parade BN11 3PS
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 with main menu options including, Billy’s fish & chips, beach burrito and Sussex rarebit.
Bracklesham Lane PO20 8JH
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 (breakfast, lunch and dinner) done really very well.
2 Beach Road PO21 4SX
This old pub has beautiful views over the harbour in the peaceful little village of Bosham. They serve simple, tasty food such as beef brisket, 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...
High Street PO18 8LS
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.
30a Rock-A-Nore Road TN34 3DW