50 of the UK’s best seaside restaurants, from oysters on the Yorkshire coast to mussels on a Cornwall beach

Enjoy dinner with a view at these beachside and coastal restaurants across the UK

50 of the UK’s best seaside restaurants, from oysters on the Yorkshire coast to mussels on a Cornwall beach

The Idle Rocks, Cornwall (Photo: Octavia Muir)

By Emily Copeiweekend Writer


The Fish Cottage, Yorkshire

Situated 20 yards from the beach in the beautiful village of Sandsend, The Fish Cottage has outdoor seating and prides itself on serving the freshest locally and sustainably caught seafood. fishcottage.co.uk

The Marine, Yorkshire

Nestled on Whitby’s harbourside, this hotel, restaurant and bar not only has fantastic views but a top-notch menu – the crab linguine is particularly good. the-marine-hotel.co.uk

Seaview, Yorkshire

With exceptional food and views from Saltburn-by-the-Sea’s historic Victorian Pier across the long stretch of golden sands, Seaview is a must. theseaviewrestaurant.co.uk

Beach House, Lancashire

This Blackpool beach restaurant boasts breathtaking views of the Irish Sea with delicious offerings such as chargrilled chicken flatbreads, spaghetti del mar and garlic king prawns. beachhouseblackpool.co.uk

The Midland Hotel, Lancashire

This impressively restored Grade II-listed 30s Art Deco building overlooks Morecambe Bay’s sand flats, and the all-day menu includes a “Lancashire tapas” fish platter with Morecambe Bay shrimps and lime and chilli smoked mackerel. englishlakes.co.uk/the-midland

The View, Tyne and Wear

Grab a window seat at the north end of Tynemouth Longsands to watch waves crashing into the bay before tucking into fresh seafood pasta and home-made pizzas, or eggs Benedict and a coffee in the morning. theviewtynemouth.com

The Seaburn Inn, Sunderland

Rubbing shoulders with the vibrant coastal resort of Roker with its famous pier and Whitburn in South Tyneside, The Seaburn Inn is set right on the seafront and serves pub grub and handpicked regional dishes. inncollectiongroup.com/seaburn-inn

The Old Boathouse, Northumberland

This converted RNLI building has twice been named coastal fish restaurant of the year, and it’s not hard to see why with views across Amble Harbour, fresh lobster served with garlic and parsley butter, and an extensive vegan and vegetarian menu. boathousefoodgroup.co.uk


St Mawes Hotel and Idle Rocks Hotel St Mawes, England (Photo: Drew Gibson)

36 on the Quay, Hampshire

A family-run restaurant at the north end of Chichester Harbour near the West Sussex border, 36 on the Quay boasts modern fine dining in a relaxed setting. 36onthequay.com

Rockwater, Hove

The place to enjoy a lobster, scallops or a fruits de mer with a glass of wine while taking in views of Hove’s beachfront. rockwater.uk

The Boathouse, Devon

Overlooking golden sands and the confluence of the Taw and Torridge rivers, The Boathouse in Instow is a beach bar and restaurant with a passion for great food, fresh fish and fine wines. theboathouseinstow.co.uk

The Bucket and Spade, Devon

Home-cooked food, a wide selection of artisan beers, wines and spirits, and panoramic views over the Jurassic Coast – you can’t go wrong with a pit stop in Shaldon for breakfast, lunch or dinner here. thebucketandspade.com

Cary Arms & Spa, Devon

This boutique establishment boasts a terraced restaurant on the beach serving locally sourced produce such as Devon beef, Brixham fish and River Exe mussels. In the summer guests can also enjoy a lobster barbecue every Saturday. caryarms.co.uk

River Exe Café, Devon

A custom-built barge floating in the Exe Estuary, this café is easily reached by water taxi from Exmouth marina, kayak or boat. Once there, you are treated to the best local foods, from crisp ciders to vegan burgers and the freshest mussels from the river below. riverexecafe.com

The Idle Rocks, Cornwall

Find this luxury hotel and award-winning restaurant perched on the rocks in the quaint Cornish village St Mawes, with picturesque views across the water and top-quality food. idlerocks.com

The Mussel Shoals, Cornwall

Only accessible by boat, The Mussel Shoals is certainly worth the trip. Located on a harbour pontoon in Porthleven, tuck into moules frites as you sit above the ocean. musselshoals.co.uk

Deal Pier Kitchen, Kent

This eatery on the pier not only has great views but an incredible roster of events including bottomless brunches and steak and lobster night every Friday and Saturday. Make sure to book as they are very popular. dealpierkitchen.com

Rocksalt (and Little Rock), Kent

Nabbing the prime spot on the edge of Folkestone harbour, Rocksalt is a seaside gem that’s loved by locals and holidaymakers alike. Enjoy the freshest of seafood – including Pyefleet pure oysters – in a chic setting, or head to sister restaurant Little Rock for a more laidback experience. rocksaltfolkestone.co.uk

Riddle and Finns, East Sussex

Housed in the Rotunda, Riddle and Finns is the perfect spot to slurp on champagne and oysters while taking in the view. It also has a crustacea menu and half a dozen fish-themed main dishes, including a rich fish soup and a tangy Sri Lankan curry. riddleandfinns.co.uk.

Portelet Bay Café, Jersey

A family run café set on the stunning Portelet Bay, this little spot is accessible by steps or boat and serves homemade pizza and seasonal fresh fish with views out across the sea, as well as the island’s dramatic coastline. porteletbaycafe.com


No 1 Cromer, Norfolk (Photo: Dan Apps)

The Company Shed, Colchester

Head to Mersea Island and tuck into everything from crab and cockles to tuna burgers and oysters, then sit back and enjoy the view – but make sure to check the tide timetables beforehand. the-company-shed.com

The Neptune Inn Restaurant, Norfolk

Michelin starred with a focus on modern British cuisine, head chef Kevin Mangeolles creates precision-cooked dishes which reflect the culinary offerings of the Norfolk coast. theneptune.co.uk

No 1 Cromer, Norfolk

With views across Cromer beach and pier, Michelin-starred chef Galton Blackiston’s upmarket fish and chip shop features classics such as cod and chips, as well as crab burgers and breaded mushy pea fritters. no1cromer.com

Sands Restaurant, Norfolk

A peaceful quayside spot in Wells-next-the-Sea is a firm family favourite with beach hut booths and a children’s menu, bistro dishes and reasonably priced seafood platters. sandsrestaurant.co.uk

Tides, Norfolk

Dine above the waves of Cromer Beach at this friendly, relaxed restaurant that serves traditional seaside food. It’s also a fantastic spot to watch the sunset with a glass of wine or an ice cream. cromerpier.co.uk/eat-drink/restaurant

Seafood & Grill, Suffolk

Set across from Aldeburgh beach with an impressive menu including crispy crab arancini, daily catches, crayfish and clam linguine, as well as meat and veggie options. brudenellhotel.co.uk

The Bell Inn, Suffolk

A stone’s throw from the rolling sand dunes of Walberswick beach, this elegant 600-year-old pub is steeped in history and sits in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. bellinnwalberswick.co.uk


Tuck into fish and chips on the beach (Photo: J Shepherd/Getty)

SeaRock Restaurant, Somerset

With a backdrop of the picturesque Portishead Marina Quays and a menu featuring everything from monkfish linguine to bouillabaisse, SeaRock also has a fish and chip takeaway. searockrestaurant.co.uk

Revo Kitchen, Somerset

A new venue over Weston-super-Mare beach, this is a lovely spot to enjoy coffee and a cake, or a cocktail and dinner, while taking in the view. They also host regular live music nights. revokitchen.co.uk


Anglesey (Photo: Carl Williams)

Sandy Mount House, Anglesey

A contemporary beach house restaurant and bar set in the relaxed seaside village of Rhosneigr, Sandy Mount House is a chic, cosy spot to enjoy anything from fish and chips and a pint, to live music and an espresso martini. sandymounthouse.co.uk

Salty’s Beach Bar and Restaurant, Tenby

Perched on Tenby’s glorious South Beach, Salty’s features a dog-friendly section inside as well as on the decked terrace and a menu that combines classic fish dishes with steaks, burgers and salads. The cocktail menu is also worth checking out. saltysbeachbarandrestaurant.co.uk

The Beach House, Gower

A Michelin-star restaurant overlooking Oxwich – one of the Gower’s Peninsula’s most beautiful bays – champions local produce such as hand-dived scallop, Oxwich bay lobster and Welsh beef fillet. beachhouseoxwich.co.uk

Coast, Pembrokeshire

Perched just metres away from the sea and golden sands of Coppet Hall, Coast’s menu is just as impressive as the view. coastsaundersfoot.co.uk

Langland Brasserie, Swansea

If you want to sip fine wine on the terrace or tuck into a Sunday roast, this secluded spot near Mumbles is a delight – and the seafood platter is famous among locals. langlandsbrasserie.co.uk

The Little Tearooms, Abersoch

Perched on the top of the slipway above Machroes Beach, The Little Tearooms looks out over Abersoch’s tranquil bay and promotes Welsh artisan producers and serves breakfasts, salads, ice cream and toasties. thelittletearooms.com

Tŷ Coch, Gwynnedd

Accessible only by foot, Tŷ Coch is nestled in the pretty fishing village of Porthdinllaen on the Llŷn Peninsula. Once you’ve worked up an appetite on the walk across the beach, fill up on fresh Welsh seafood. tycoch.co.uk

Bryn Williams at Porth Eirais Conwy, County Borough

Bryn Williams’ beachfront bistro on the north Wales coast holds a Michelin Bib Gourmand and is a stone’s throw from the stunning beach of Porth Eirais. The menu is packed full of Welsh produce, and seafood takes centre stage with crab claw, mussels and daily catch fish fingers. portheirias.com

The Admiral, Vale of Glamorgan

The Admiral restaurant at St David’s Hotel draws on flavours from across the world, including tandoori cod burgers, chicken laska and Celtic pork escalope, while its location at Cardiff Bay is perfect to watch the sunset over the water. Stdavids.vocohotels.com

The Deck, Vale of Glamorgan

Unwind with a sundowner or enjoy a meal overlooking the sea at this tranquil spot in the seaside town of Penarth. thedeckpenarth.co.uk


Café Canna, Isle of Canna

The Seafood Restaurant, St. Andrews

Feast on fresh seafood including West Coast Cumbrae oysters and spiced lobster bisque with panoramic views at this glass-sided restaurant on St. Andrews’ shoreline. theseafoodrestaurant.com

Café Canna, Isle of Canna

Nestled on the far-flung Hebridean Isle of Canna, this picturesque spot serves up locally-sourced lobster, brown crab and Canna reared beef – and they brew their own beer. cafecanna.co.uk

The Silver Darling, Aberdeenshire

Standing in the heart of Aberdeen’s harbour and beach coastline, the stunning backdrop is just as impressive as the food, with locally-sourced seafood such as North Sea jumbo haddock and seared halibut, as well as Scottish steaks and haggis. thesilverdarling.co.uk

The Dory, Kingdom of Fife

Tuck into lobsters, langoustines and crabs that landed less than 40 metres from the front door, while enjoying views across Fife harbour and the North Sea beyond. thedory.co.uk

The Boathouse, Edinburgh

With beer, cocktails, seafood and wood-fired pizzas served to benches right on Portabello beach, you can’t go wrong with The Boathouse. boathouseedinburgh.com

The Beach House, Edinburgh

A laidback stop on the coast that cooks up everything from pancakes with maple syrup and banana in the morning, to pan-fried spinach gnocchi and charcuterie platters in the evening. thebeachhousecafe.co.uk

Northern Ireland

Ramore (Photo: Richard Watson)

Windrose, Co. Antrim

With views over Belfast Lough in the historic town of Carrickfergus, Windrose offers delicious, locally-sourced food, from steaks to chickpea burgers and fish and chips. thewindrose.co.uk

Tides, Co. Antrim

A relaxed venue with top notch food and unbeatable views, booking a spot in Tides’ top terrace overlooking the North Atlantic Ocean won’t leave you disappointed. thetidesportrush.com

Ramore, Co. Antrim

Another fantastic spot on Northern Ireland’s legendary coastline is Ramore in the seaside town of Portrush. The venue consists of six different restaurants and bars, including a wine bar, a Spanish influenced restaurant, Basalt, and a fish restaurant, so there’s something for everyone. ramorerestaurant.com

Jamaica Inn, Co. Down

A varied menu of modern and classic dishes, plus live music and sea views in a snug, homely inn, this eatery in Bangor is the perfect place to unwind by the sea. thejamaicainn.co.uk

Amici, Co. Londonderry

Fans of authentic Italian food can enjoy bubbling lasagnas, charcoal-grilled meats and wood-burned pizzas in a glorious setting overlooking the North Atlantic. amiciportstewart.co.uk

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