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East Beach Café

Sea Road, Littlehampton, West Sussex, BN17 5GB
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.

Other Details

  • 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

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Contact Details

Tel: 01903-731903
Address: Sea Road, Littlehampton, West Sussex, BN17 5GB