Fancy a trip to the seaside? There are some fantastic coastal restaurants around the UK and we are happy to share some of these treasures with you. Here are 15 seaside restaurants that are perfect for foodie day trips.
Rocksalt, Folkestone, Kent
Mark Sargeant’s Rocksalt takes pride in sourcing its ingredients as locally as possible, with fresh fish from the South Coast and produce from local farms. The menu changes seasonally to showcase top quality meat and seafood, as well as locally smoked and cured fish. Discover flavours to float your boat whilst gazing out at the harbour.
The Oyster & Fish House, Lyme Regis, Dorset
Owned by chef and restaurateur Mark Hix, The Oyster & Fish House celebrates fresh British seafood at its finest. Diners can enjoy panoramic views across the Jurassic Coast from the light and airy dining room or outside on the terrace. Expect dishes like scrumpy-fried rock oysters, wok-fried crab, and fishermen’s stew.
Porthminster Beach Café, St Ives, Cornwall
The multi-award-winning Porthminster Beach Café right in St Ives is popular all year round and is known for its Mediterranean and Asian take on seafood. A must-visit for anyone looking to spend a romantic evening by the beach.
Coast, Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire
With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the golden sands of Coppet Hall Beach, Coast is an idyllic setting for a long lunch or leisurely dinner. They’re serious about sourcing – meat comes from local farms, fish from Saundersfoot Harbour, and they grow vegetables, fruit and herbs in their kitchen gardens. Their seven-course tasting menu is a steal at £70 per head.
Sands Bar & Grill, Margate, Kent
Whether you’re seated in the elegant dining room or out on the terrace, you can enjoy panoramic sea views at Bay at Sands Hotel. We recommend booking an overnight stay, as once you’ve tried the food you may never want to leave. Or why not treat a friend to their traditional afternoon tea?
Al Molo, Weymouth, Dorset
Situated on the Weymouth seafront, Al Molo serves Italian cuisine that will make you feel like you’re on holiday. Chef Giuseppe Vannucci takes his guests on a culinary journey from the UK to Emilia Romagna – try the calamari fritti followed by his linguine with scallops.
South Sands Hotel Restaurant, Salcombe, Devon
If you’re looking for a buzzy seaside dining spot, then South Sands is the place for you. It’s the ultimate package – a stylish beachside retreat with an outstanding restaurant offering some of the finest seafood in Britain. Try the garlic buttered lobster or the bouillabaisse made with locally caught fish.
Bryn Williams, Porth Eirias, Conwy, Wales
Location, location, location! Bryn Williams can be found right on the beach at Porth Eirias and its laid-back vibe will make you feel like you are on holiday straight away. The restaurant specialises in bistro-style dishes with a seafood focus and the dining room offers some of the best beach views in the UK. If you are heading to dinner, take time to watch one of the stunning sunsets whilst tucking into their strawberry Eton Mess – you can thank us later.
36 on the Quay, Emsworth, Hampshire
36 on the Quay makes any food lover’s heart sing. The 5 or 8-course tasting menus are a great way to experience new and undiscovered flavour combinations. Alternatively, go a la carte and enjoy dishes like Thai-style duck breast or Welsh Wagyu beef with smoked garlic. The views across the Emsworth harbour are an added bonus.
The Salt Room, Brighton
Situated right on the seafront, The Salt Room serves modern British cuisine with a twist as all the dishes are cooked over coal. On warm days, you can sit out on the terrace and enjoy dishes like crab and watermelon salad, rib eye steak, or lemon sole with spiced crab butter.
The Sportsman, Seasalter, Kent
The multi-award-winning Sportsman, located on Kent’s windswept coast, needs little introduction. Chef Stephen Harris focuses on sustainability and serves some of the best British seafood. The menu changes often but you can expect the likes of braised turbot, slip soles in seaweed butter, and poached rock oysters with caviar and pickled cucumber.
Outlaw’s New Road, Port Isaac, Cornwall
In picturesque Port Isaac, Nathan Outlaw has bid farewell to the tasting menu and relaunched his flagship restaurant as somewhere more casual and inclusive. The focus is on local seafood, cooked simply – think cured bass, turbot with Béarnaise sauce, and whole John Dory.
Gara Rock, Salcombe, Devon
Ethically-minded consumers will fall in love with Gara Rock. All of their ingredients are seasonal and sustainably sourced, either from the restaurant’s own garden or local farms and fishermen. Even the wine list boasts a wide range of organic and bio-dynamic drinks. This attention to detail, combined with slick service and stunning sea views, creates the perfect coastal dining experience.
Crab & Winkle, Whitstable, Kent
Crab & Winkle overlooks a working harbour and you’ll find fish from local boats sold both in the restaurant and the fish market below. Seafood lovers will be spoilt for choice with dishes like pan-seared scallops, grilled Dover sole, and mussels in white wine and garlic.
The Elephant, Torquay, Devon
The Elephant overlooks the beautiful Torbay harbour and wows guests with its coastal beauty. The restaurant has won numerous awards and aims to source all its ingredients locally, with many coming from their farm in Brixham. Chef Simon Hulstone and his team create a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere where diners can enjoy first-class food.
This is a guest post from freelance journalist Beatrice Clark. She has written for Vogue, Glamour and Vanity Fair, among others, and has spent the past 15 years living in France, England and Scotland. She is currently based in Berlin and is always on the hunt for the perfect Eggs Benedict.
Updated August 2020.