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.

Devon Crab on a plate

Have a Seafoodie Feast at One of Britain’s Best Beach Cafés

Fresh scallop Rye Scallop Festival East Sussex

SUSSEX

Rye Scallop Festival

Rye, East Sussex (February)

Rye Scallop Festival pays homage to the town’s renowned treasure of the sea. Established over 15 years ago, the festival attracts seafoodies to this historic town.

 

Sussex Clinker Boat Brighton Fishing Quarter

The Little Black Smokehouse

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.

Blue Whistable Oyster Co Wooden boat

KENT

Oyster Shacks at Whitstable Oyster Festival 

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 Whitstable

Wheelers Oyster Bar

Whitstable, Kent

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.

Butley Oysterage Orford

SUFFOLK

Butley Oysterage

Orford, Suffolk

Run by the Pinney family since the 1960s, Butley Orford Oysterage is a must-visit restaurant for seafoodies exploring the Suffolk heritage coast.

The Golden Galleon Fish & Chip Shop Aldeburgh

The Golden Galleon Fish & Chip Shop

Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Discover good old fashioned seaside charm, classical music and award-winning fish and chips on the Suffolk coast in Aldeburgh.

Crab Shed Steephill Cove Isle of Wight

THE ISLE OF WIGHT

The Crab Shed at Steephill Cove 

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.

Hive Beach Cafe Burton Bradstock

DORSET

The Hive Beach Café 

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.

Dartmouth Fisherman Landing Crab from his boat

Dartmouth, Devon

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.

Rockfish Mitch Tonks Seafood Restaurant in Dartmouth

Dartmouth, Devon

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.

The Fish Shed Darts Farm Devon

Topsham, Devon

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.

Plate of fish and chips

Yorkshire

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.

Fishing village West Coast of Scotland

West Coast, Scotland

Explore the rugged and unspoiled coastline of the West Coast of Scotland eating seafood as you go. Discover people, places and unique stories on the Scottish Seafood Trail.

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