Best UK beach cafés
Summer, weather permitting, means long, lazy days on the beach. For refreshment, a beach café is ideal, and many beaches up and down the country have them. Many will serve fast food, brand-named ice creams and plastic cups of tea or coffee with little pots of UHT milk. However, there are also many that will serve top-quality food, often taking advantage of locally caught fish. At these eateries, a day at the beach is no reason not to enjoy a delicious meal.
Where to find the best beach cafés
- Sandside Café occupies a prime position on the golden sands of Sandsend in Yorkshire. Take time out from the sandcastles to enjoy the homemade pies and cakes.
- Dungeness Snack Shak in Kent is in a remote spot. It serves fish, crab and lobsters caught by the family that owns the café. In colder weather, enjoy tea, coffee, homemade cakes or chowder.
- The Company Shed on Mersea Island in Essex is just a wooden shed, but it serves some of the best seafood that you will ever taste – local oysters, mussels and seafood platters.
- Wheelers Crab Shed on the Isle of Wight is one of the best places on the island to sample the local seafood. Try the crab pasties or mackerel ciabatta.
- Overlooking Chesil Beach, you will find The Crab House Café. Its menu may change up to twice a day to serve whatever has come from the latest catch.
- The Hive Beach Café offers picturesque views of the Jurassic Coast. Enjoy fresh seafood, or treat yourself to an ice cream in summer.
- The Venus Café on Blackpool Sands in Devon makes the most of the local produce, including fish pie from local catches and burgers from Devon Aberdeen Angus beef.
- The Hidden Hut on the Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall has a changing menu to reflect the availability of local produce. Save room for the café’s homemade cakes.