6 reviews of East Beach in English
Strange looking building when approached from the North, but what a lovely surprise awaits you if you take the time to go around to the South. Long viewing panels that create a spacious feeling despite only have about 8’ to move in. Nice place to sit in the ‘Going down of the Sun’. Away from the madding crowd! Could be seen as pricey, but not too bad for the quality you’re getting.
A fun place for lunch, even/especially on a rainy winter Saturday. Extraordinary to look at from the outside and great looking at the sea from the inside.
Food selection was from pure cafe to pretty smart eating. We ordered Moules Marinieres that was actually Moules a la Creme - good mussels, but the cream sauce lacked flavour; razorfish and clams which were delicate though inveitably a little chewy; a pineapple parfait and passionfruit juice with a thin slice of caramelised pineapple on top (a heavenly dessert!) and a comforting steamed pear pudding with a very good chocolate sauce.
The service was always friendly, but our waitress forgot to offer water, bread while we waited or a drink with the main meal - not big matters but cumulatively a bit surprising. Another waitress was a great deal more observant, so it may depend who you get.
The ambiance is delightful, and the sea is close - at least at high tide. Very child-friendly, but surprisingly not too echoey (a pet bugbear as I have a hearing loss). Loads of parking in the beach car partk right next to the cafe, though disabled access is up a ramp at the far end of the car park. We look forward to returning! NB Need to book in the summer.
Rather expensive for afternoon tea and cakes but very nice nonetheless.
only downsides - bit crampt and could do with nicer chairs.
waitresses all very friendly and polite, well trained.
overall well worth a visit
East Beach Cafe is a fairly new addition to Littlehampton. Heatherwick architect studios designed the restaurant`s building. A metal organic wavy shape looks like its sitting on the pebbles. It’s worth visiting just for the building alone. This place really comes into its own on a hot summers day. I’ve come here for dinner, lunch and afternoon tea several times. The east beach burger comes on a wooden board and the chips were beautifully done, goats cheese salad fresh and amongst the best I’ve had. Service can be patchy but generally good. It can get very busy at times, so be prepared to wait or book a table.
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