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Top seaside restaurants in the South East


Due South - Due_South_2008_-_new_2_view.jpgFancy escaping smoggy London this weekend? If you decide to head to the coast for a daytrip, make sure you find time to check out one of these 10 seaside restaurants.


The Anchor Inn, Walberswick, Suffolk, 01903 731 903: Set in a sleepy village just a half mile from the Suffolk coast, The Anchor Inn is a smart dining pub-cum-hotel that deals in rustic, seasonal dishes. Expect the likes of seared scallops, pancetta, fennel purée and celery salad paired with a choice of great-quality wines at every price point. Click here to read more.

The Company Shed, West Mersea, Colchester, Essex, 01206 382700: Located in the flatlands of the Essex estuaries this shed – and it is just that – is principally a fishmongers but has a popular informal restaurant side as well. Tuck into cheap platters of fresh-from-the-sea fish among the no-frills outdoor benches, but don't forget to bring your own bread and wine. Click here to read more.

Due South, Brighton, East Sussex, 01273 821218 (pictured above): Two-tiered restaurant overlooking the Brighton beach and pier. Strongly committed to local and seasonal produce, with 80% of ingredients sourced within 35 miles of the city. Expect the likes of baked pollock with potatoes and black truffles followed by cinnamon doughnut with hot chocolate and malt ice-cream. Click here to read more.

East Beach Café, Littlehampton, West Sussex, 01903 731 903 (pictured below): Bold single-storey restaurant on Littlehampton beach. Enjoy dishes such as guinea fowl with bubble and squeak, followed by orange polenta cake. Click here to read more.

Fishy Fishy, Brighton, East Sussex, 01273 723750: Likeable, unpretentious seafood restaurant owned by The X Factor's Dermot O'Leary and friends. The kitchen is driven by fresh, market-led ingredients, at very reasonable prices – expect the likes of 12 rock oysters for £12, or a big bowl of Thai-style mussels for a tenner. Click here to read more.

Harvey's Fish Market & Oyster Bar, Ramsgate, Kent, 01843 599707: Harbour-front restaurant dealing in fresh fish (Dover sole with hot potato salad, say) and great-value, fixed-price deals including a two-course lunch for £12 or a dozen Whitstable oysters and a bottle of Champagne at £30 for two. Click here to read more.

The Lighthouse, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, 01728 453377:  Friendly bistro championing local produce. Expect the likes of potted shrimps from up the coast in Norfolk, or meatier offerings such as sausages with herbed mash. Click here to read more. 

The Sportsman, Seasalter, Kent, 01227 273370: Stephen Harris's Michelin-starred gastropub has become something of a foodie destination over the last decade, so be prepared to fight the crowds to get in. However, don't let that put you off, because a creative and sometimes even surprising menu is well worth the visit. Click here to read more.

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Wallet's Court, West Cliffe, St Margarets-at-Cliffe, Kent, 01304 852424: Just a mile inland from the picturesque white cliffs of St Margaret's Bay, the dining room at Wallet’s Court deals in good-value modern British food – think rump of Kentish lamb and sweetbreads with smoked aubergine, pickled red pepper and roast garlic polenta. Click here to read more.

Wheelers Oyster Bar, Whitstable, Kent, 01227 273311: A Whitstable landmark (it was founded in 1856) this commendable oyster-bar-cum-restaurant serves first-rate seafood in a delightfully ramshackle setting. Sink some great-value oysters and move onto the likes of local lobster set in a warm crab and thermidor tart. Bear in mind the site is BYO and doesn't take credit cards. Click here to read more.

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