Find this good seafood restaurant, cleverly-designed by Thomas Hetherwick to resemble a driftwood structure, overlooking the beach. Forget about the café nom de plume this is a serious restaurant.
However, expect a screed floor bare wooden tables, comfortable wooden chairs and the general feel of eating within a white cave which has splendid sea views.
As would be expected, the menu varies with the seasons and daily catch, but an early summer snapshot brought 'Salt & Pepper Squid with Chili'; 'Moules Mariniere'; 'Smoked Chicken Salad with Mustard Leaves & Cerviche Vegetables' and 'Goats Cheese & Red Onion Tart with Watercress & Walnut Salad' among the starters.
'Beer-Battered Fish & Chips'; 'Cockle, Bacon & Cider Linguine'; 'Fish Stew with Tomato & Seasonal Herbs'; 'Confit of Rabbit & Wild Mushroom Penne' and 'Roasted Aubergine with Grilled Tomato, Mushrooms & Parmesan' listed among the mains.
Desserts such as 'Banana Bread, Caramel Sauce & Clotted Cream'; 'Chocolate Mousse & Coconut Macaroon' and 'Buttermilk Pannacotta with Poached Fruit' might be too hard to resist.
Great care goes into sourcing and assembling the peripheries such as salad leaves and breads (although this is surprisingly an extra).
Service from an enthusiastic young team is both friendly and professional.
- Food Style: Seafood
- Lunch: all week 12.00-15.00 (Sun 15.30); mains from £9.50 to £16
- Dinner: all week (Jun to Aug) 18.30-20.30, Thurs to Sat (Sept to Jun); mains from £9.50 to £16
- Seats: 65, plus 60 outside
- Wine: a concise, but well-chosen, list concentrates on doing the basics well, and has modest mark ups
- Children's portions: Children's Menu
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Littlehampton Rail
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page
- Closed: 23rd to 26th Dec.
- Outside eating