Seaside Dining in Sussex
Sussex has a fabulous 50 miles of coastline, which ranges from the iconic and renowned to the more intimate and hidden – but all of it is beautiful. Clifftop walks and family-friendly bays vie with golden sand and shingle covered beaches for the top spot on Sussex’s gorgeous coast, but for a true taste of the sea – and a wonderful view of it too – what about our impressive coastal restaurants?
The Salt Room // Brighton // www.saltroom-restaurant.co.uk
The perfect excuse to head to Brighton has to be the hottest restaurant in town – The Salt Room, which is located right on the seafront offering top notch seafood, cracking cocktails and a killer view to match. This seaside dining retreat has uninterrupted sea views that can now be enjoyed from their terrace, which is officially open for summer. In fact, the restaurant boasts one of the largest terraces in the UK, with the ability to seat up to 55 diners.
Head chef, Dave Mothersill, has created a menu that offers a wide selection of sustainably sourced seafood dishes. Their show-stopping ‘Taste of the Pier’ dessert – a mouthwatering combination of candy floss, cones of salted caramel ice cream and doughnuts – is not to be missed.
Other dishes include stone bass, potato terrine and spring vegetables with a red wine dressing; lamb rump, sweetbreads, peas, wild garlic, Jersey royals and anchovy; and coal-roasted octopus, nduja, almonds, dill and cucumber.
The Beachside Restaurant // Bexhill-on-Sea // www.thecoodenbeachhotel.co.uk
The Beachside Restaurant features modern British cuisine with individually priced dishes of locally sourced ingredients for you to create your perfect meal whether that’s a casual lunch, special occasion, birthday or an anniversary celebration. The choice is entirely yours and with sweeping coastal views before you, you may well end up choosing to order more simply to stay and enjoy the beautiful Bexhill coast.
The Beachside Restaurant at the Cooden Beach Hotel serves an interesting array of dishes including their famous fish and chips with mushy peas; crispy prawns with wasabi mayonnaise; sea bass en papillote with lime, chilli, ginger and new potatoes; and pan-roasted loin of lamb with apricot stuffing, mashed potato and a mint and redcurrant sauce.
The Gallivant // Camber // www.thegallivant.co.uk
Located directly across the road from the famous Camber Sands themselves, The Gallivant is a different kind of restaurant. Harkening back to the California-style motels of the past, this is a retro and funky place to eat, kick back and relax.
Winchelsea beef carpaccio with spring onions, wasabi and shrimps; grilled saddleback pork chop, wholegrain mustard mashed potato, carrots and a red wine jus; and Dungeness Dover sole with roasted cauliflower and caramelised yoghurt all feature on the delicious menu.
Riddle & Finns // Brighton // www.riddleandfinns.co.uk
Born in the bustling Lanes of the coastal town of Brighton, Riddle and Finns has become a household name in honest, quality and local seafood, oyster and champagne dining. Taking inspiration from the high-end liquor shops and oyster bars of New York City and Paris, Riddle and Finns prides itself in offering diners an exciting culinary experience. The dishes feature the freshest seasonal seafood, crustacea, meat and vegetables, all of which can be accompanied by wines and champagnes from the extensive and carefully considered menu. So, whether you are looking for a bowl of chowder and a glass of wine, or 24 freshly shucked oysters washed down with a vintage champagne, Riddle and Finns endeavour to cater to every occasion.
The delicious food at Riddle and Finns includes pan fried Brighton scallops with lemon and parsley, chorizo and chilli; smoked haddock fillet with colcannon, poached egg, prosciutto and a champagne sauce; and Keralan fish curry with basmati rice and shrimp bhajis.
East Beach Café // Littlehampton // www.eastbeachcafe.co.uk
Right on the beach with spectacular views, East Beach Café serves uncomplicated, fresh seafood using the very best ingredients. The exceptional food is classic English, including seaside favourites, along with some of the best cuisine inspired by beach holidays abroad as evinced by their most popular dish: salt and pepper squid with chilli. All ingredients are sourced locally wherever possible, and are all sustainably produced.
Food at the East Beach Café includes Littlehampton day boat fish soup with chargrilled bread; traditional beer battered fish and chips, pea puree and tartar sauce; poached duck egg, asparagus and sweet potato rosti; and smoked haddock fishcake with wilted spinach and warm tartar sauce.
The Beach Deck // Eastbourne // www.thebeachdeck.co.uk
The Beach Deck is one of few special places you can truly relax while enjoying a delicious dish and a glass of your favourite wine, or maybe just a nice pot of tea with a slice of cake. Here, you can eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner, as well as fabulous desserts and cake; little ones are catered for too with a special menu just for them. Plus, if you have a gluten intolerance there isn’t just one dish that will suit you, but a full menu for you to choose from.
The food served includes hot smoked salmon lasagne with a fennel, dill and walnut salsa; chicken, ham and leek pie with seasoned vegetables and creamy mash; and warm asparagus and broccoli spear salad with puy lentils, bacon, poached egg and hazelnuts.
The Regency Restaurant // Brighton // www.theregencyrestaurant.co.uk
The Regency Restaurant is one of the oldest and most popular seafront restaurants in Brighton, and has been offering its customers quality and value for money since the 1930s. With excellent food, generous portions, reasonable prices, spectacular sea views and a cheerful atmosphere, it is no wonder that the restaurant has won national acclaim.
Dishes at the Regency Restaurant include halibut steak in a lemon and dill sauce; spaghetti langosta with a whole lobster; scallops in garlic butter; and Porterhouse steak.
The Lobsterpot // Felpham // www.lobsterpotfelpham.co.uk
The Lobsterpot in Felpham is a well-established café located right on the seafront in a real gem of a spot where you can enjoy a great cup of coffee, a breakfast that will set you up for the day, a doorstep sandwich, or a deliciously cooked evening meal.
The menu here includes beer battered fish and chips (cod, haddock or mackerel fillet) with lemon and homemade tartar sauce; Loch Fyne kippers with scrambled or fried eggs on toast; lemon and paprika chicken with wild rice and summer vegetables; and homemade falafel burger with chilli mayonnaise and chips.
Billy’s On The Beach // Chichester // www.billysonthebeach.co.uk
Billy’s on the Beach is a fun seaside café serving a great selection of beachside delights – fish and chips, calamari, ice cream sundaes; even cocktails, wine and local Arundel ale. Just a 20-minute stroll from East Wittering, the café has beautiful views over to the Isle of Wight.
Billy’s On The Beach has a mouth-watering menu that includes Thai fish cakes with cucumber dipping sauce; roast belly of pork with dauphinoise potatoes; and whole grilled fresh local plaice with salad and fries.
The Whitecliffs Café // Saltdean // www.whitecliffscafe.co.uk
At Whitecliffs Café you can enjoy a selection of fine dining dishes from Italy, Greece and Spain, along with a tasty helping of British cuisine too. This is an adventurous and colourful menu that includes some truly memorable dishes including Portuguese tapas and one of the best breakfasts you’ll find along the coast.