YOU ARE HERE NOW / Top spots for beachfront eats

Beach House It was a tough call choosing between all the eateries these guys run because they really know how to nail alfresco eating, but Beach House just inched it thanks to their upgraded sun deck and seafront location. It’s dog friendly, there’s ice cold beer and regular live music sessions add to the chilled out vibe; leave room for a glass of their English fizz! 

Coast With the waves just yards away, the grandaddy of them all holds court on the pebbles of Worthing beach. Coast is slap in the middle of ongoing renovations, with the deck on the beach hopefully being completed by the end of the year, but it’s still a great pick for drinks on the beach, with sundowner sessions, freshly cooked food and laidback staff.

Crabshack We can’t leave out one of Europe’s best beach restaurants (high praise from the Guardian), so cosy up on the benches and watch the world go by. The fish platters are fantastic, the inventive menu changes daily and there’s ice cream served on the deck. Make sure you book at the weekend though – word has got out! 

The Gorilla Kitchen If you’ve clocked what looks like a big black shipping container parked on the beach opposite Heene Terrace, pop down next weekend and treat yourself to a freshly cooked woodfired pizza. Winners of a 2018 Observer Food Monthly Award for Best Cheap Eats, The Gorilla Kitchen will be in residence every weekend all summer long, so make sure you grab a slice with a sea view.

Perch on Lancing Beach Go for a paddle, let the kids practise their kickflips in the skatepark, rent a SUP on Beach Green and fill your boots at Perch. Whether you opt for the breakfast pancake stack, a lazy Sunday roast or the infamous steak night, Perch delivers; let’s face it, it’s a local treasure.

Don’t forget to try the Bluebird in Ferring, Sea Lane Cafe in Goring and The Lido.


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