With a coastline that stretches up to almost 18,000 kilometers, the waters surrounding the United Kingdom is teeming with marine and aquatic life that supplies some of the world’s best seaside restaurants with only the freshest catch carefully transformed into a sumptuous dish using only locally grown farm produce.
Take a gastronomic adventure as you start your palatable journey from the langoustine-rich waters of Scotland down to Norfolk’s well-known sea bass and mackerel-rich coast and heading east to sample Kent’s tangy but sweet oysters. Moving down south will lead you to the crab-fertile waters of Dorset to Cornwall’s world-famous Cornish pasty and Stargazy pie. Rounding your epicurean journey will be to sample Welsh mussels, scallops, and clams. With so many first class restaurants, cafes and diners, the British seaside offers a slice of heaven for food lovers.
The Cornish Connection
Dine at the renowned Fifteen Cornwall of celebrity chef Jaime Oliver. It is a must-dine seafood restaurant whenever you are in the Watergate Bay area of Cornwall. This award-winning restaurant not only features superb international cuisine, mostly Italian, fused with rich Cornish tradition; it is also dedicated to the development of raw talents in the culinary industry through a unique training program for developing the much-needed competencies of future master chefs.
Also in the Cornwell region is 2 Michelin Stars Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, deemed to be the fastest-growing restaurant in the UK. They have two restaurants in Cornwall: one in Port Isaac and another one at Rock. In both restaurants, diners are treated to a seasonal menu that reflects the establishment’s penchant for using only the freshest ingredients that are available on a daily basis.
Just a short hop across the Camel Estuary is Padstow, with perhaps the highest concentration of quality dining establishments on the UK coast. The restaurants in padstow are many and varied, ranging from seafood restaurants, pizzerias, deli cafes, pasty shops, fish & chip take-aways and gourmet burger joints. You could visit Padstow for a month and dine at a different restaurant every day, and never be disappointed. This town really is centre of the Cornwall food revolution.
The Welsh Shells
Check out the only Welsh restaurant ever to be given the prestigious Michelin Star, the Plas Bodegroes Restaurant in the Llyn Peninsula. Plas Bodegroes is also Wales’ only five star-rated restaurant with a hotel facility, making it a must for Wales visitors. This Restaurant-of-the-Year awardee by UK’s Good Food Guide boasts of traditional Welsh cuisine, with the cheese as its main ingredient, and made more superb by the use of local ingredients.
Dine at the Coast Saundersfoot just off Saundersfoot Bay and you will see just why they call this the perfect seaside restaurant. With unmatched views of the sparkling blue waters of Saundersfoot Bay, you can have unrivaled seaside dining experience this side of the UK. By utilizing a local network of farmers, fishermen, and kitchen gardeners, the chefs of Coast are ever ready to afford you with only the best local ingredients that Welsh cuisine is known for.
The Scottish Highlander by the Sea
Sample The Boathouse Gigha’s signature sautéed king prawns, langoustine, Boathouse potted shrimp, Gigha halibut and mackerel, and the traditional fish and chips and you will see why a lot of folks are flocking to this very unassuming place this side of Scotland. You can also take on the delectable dishes at The Westward Restaurant in Argyll and The Three Chimneys and The House Over-by in Duvegan, Isle of Skye.
The Coast of Dorset
Moving to Dorset will bring you to the seafood paradise Shell Bay Seafood Restaurant and Bistro off the coast of Studland Bay and overlooking the stunning island of Brownsea and the fertile waters of Sandbanks and Poole Harbour. You need to sample Shell Bay’s Poole rock oysters, Portland crabs, mackerel fillets, lobsters, seabass, and skates, among others. You can also try the different varieties of oysters at the Hix Oyster and Fish House in Lyme Regis as well as other seafood delicacies.
The Kent and Norfolk Region
To round up your gastronomic adventure of UK’s best seaside restaurants, you need to visit Morston Hall in Norfolk, Age & Sons in Ramsgate, and Wheelers Oyster Bar in Whitstable. Morston is one of Norfolk’s critically-acclaimed restaurants that boast of a daily changing set menu to ensure only the freshest and highest quality ingredients are used in all of their dishes. Age & Sons is a family-run Victorian-inspired restaurant that specializes in classical British cuisine. Wheelers Oyster Bar is a small yet very popular restaurant overlooking Whitstable Bay. A must-try for Wheelers diners is their spicy crusted squid and soft shell crab tempura.
Going on a gastronomic adventure in the best restaurants of UK is like going on a historical journey as each region has its own unique culinary heritage to share. Though vastly different in cooking philosophy, one thing is common among UK’s best seaside restaurants – they only use the freshest catch and the freshly-picked farm produce of the day to give you and other diners only the best in dining experience.