Britain’s Best Beach Cafés and Seaside Restaurants
Enjoy some Port to Plate dining in the UK. Dine with the sand between your toes at a trendy beach café, tuck in to a plate of fish & chips, follow Scotland’s West Coast seafood trail, book into a popular seaside restaurant or take part in a seafood festival such as the Whitstable Oyster Festival.
Have a Seafoodie Feast at One of Britain’s Best Beach Cafés
Brighton, East Sussex
Before it became a fashionable seaside resort, Brighton was once a bustling little fishing village. Go to the Fishing Museum and Quarter to trace its fishing history, visit its smokehouse and taste fresh seafood Brighton-style.
Whitstable, Kent (July)
The seaside town of Whitstable really comes alive each summer for its annual Oyster Festival in July. It’s a key date for foodies in Britain who come to enjoy the town’s party atmosphere all in homage to the world famous Whitstable oyster.
Wheelers Oyster Bar in Whitstable is a very small and quirky oyster bar and seafood restaurant. Its reputation is such that you need to book 3 months in advance to secure a weekend table during the summer months.
THE ISLE OF WIGHT
Ventnor, Isle of Wight
You’ll find one of the best crab shacks in Britain hidden away in a ‘secret’ cove on the sunny southern shores of the Isle of Wight. Accessible only by foot with a sandy beach and rockpools that are ideal for crabbing, it’s a good jaunt for both foodies and families alike.
Burton Bradstock, Dorset
Fans of ITV’s Broadchurch series will be familiar with the stunning backdrop of the Dorset coast. Just along from West Bay, where the series is filmed, you’ll find Hive Beach Café at Burton Bradstock. This award-winning seafood café is where holidaymakers and weekenders come for fish-and-chips-by the sea.
Dine at a pop up event, watch demos from local chefs and participate in tasting seminars. Or simply shop, taste, eat and drink your way around Dartmouth Food Festival, soaking up the convivial atmosphere in this popular maritime town.
Mitch Tonks and Mat Prowse, both chefs, opened the first Rockfish in Dartmouth in 2009. The aim was to create a restaurant where people could gather and enjoy the very best seafood that was being caught right outside the door of the restaurant.
Owned by a former scallop diver, The Fish Shed in Topsham is highly regarded as one of the best Fish and Chip and wet fishmongers shops in the country.
Sample the delights of Yorkshire’s finest fish & chips on this trail which takes in the famous seaside towns of Whitby, Scarborough and Saltburn. Visit the historic town of Helmsley on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors or take a trip on a steam railway where you can eat a fish & chip supper as you chug along enjoying the view.
You May Also Like:
Plan a Foodie Weekend Break
Get inspiration for a gourmet staycation in Britain with our Foodie Weekends Collection. From restaurants with rooms, to gourmet breaks in Scotland, we’ve got some tasty suggestions for your next weekend away.