UK’s best beach restaurants and cafes

Unwind by the sea with our pick of the best beach cafés, pubs and restaurants across the UK.

Tŷ Coch Inn, Porthdinllaen, Nefyn, Llyn Peninsula, Gwynedd, North Wales.

On a hot summer’s day in Britain, few things can beat a visit to a beachside cafe, pub or restaurant. We’ve picked out some of the best, from the shores of Cornwall to Scotland’s Isle of Skye.

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The Sand Dancer, Sandhaven Beach, Tyneside

The Sand Dancer, Sandhaven Beach, Tyneside
Promenade terrace at the Sand Dancer pub, Sandhaven Beach ©Getty

Back with a new menu and spruced-up interior, this recently reopened seafront pub serves British classics and local seafood from its Crabshack Kitchen. Regular live entertainment and sprawling sea views make this a popular spot with locals. 0191 454 4861

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Tŷ Coch Inn, Porthdinllaen, Llyn Peninsula

Tŷ Coch Inn, Porthdinllaen, Nefyn, Llyn Peninsula, Gwynedd, North Wales.
Tŷ Coch Inn, Porthdinllaen on the Llyn Peninsulaa ©Alamy

Set in a pretty fishing village on the Llŷn Peninsula, this traditional beach pub has stunning views across the water to the Yr Eifl mountains. The pub can only be accessed on foot, so enjoy a stroll along the sandy beach before visiting Tŷ Coch and drinking in the view. tycoch.co.uk

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The Lobster Pot Restaurant, Dorset

Lobster Pot Restaurant, Dorset
The Lobster Pot restaurant and lighthouse on Portland Bill ©Getty

In business since 1952, this lovely restaurant located next to Portland Bill Lighthouse serves local seafood, great chips and hearty Dorset cream teas. An ideal spot for birdwatching and coastal walks. lobsterpotrestaurantportland.co.uk

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The Arcadia, Potrush, Country Antrim

The Arcadia, Portrush
The Arcadia is a historic cafe and ballroom on the County Antrim coast ©Alamy

Set in an iconic building in the town of Portrush in County Antrim, The Arcadia was once a ballroom but is now used to host events and is home to a lovely coastal café. Soak up sea views with a slab of homemade cake and a pot of tea right next to the beach. The café also has a play area and paddling pool for children. arcadiaportrush.co.uk/cafe 

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Café Môr, Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire

Cafe Mor Trailer, Freshwater West
Cafe Mor Trailer, Freshwater West ©Alamy

Located on a beautiful Pembrokeshire beach, this quirky (and award-winning) solar-powered converted boat-come-shack serves fresh, locally caught seafood, such as sea bass, lobster and crab rolls, and homemade laverbread made from hand-picked seaweed. beachfood.co.uk

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Stein Inn, Isle of Skye

Stein Inn, Isle of Skye
Stein Inn, Isle of Skye ©Getty

Overlooking the shoreline, this rustic 18th-century inn claims to be the oldest on Skye and serves seasonal local produce, including oysters from the island’s waters. stein-inn.co.uk

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Gylly Beach Café, Falmouth

Gylly Beach Cafe, Falmouth
Gylly Beach Cafe, Falmouth ©Getty

On the edge of the golden sands of Gyllyngvase Beach, this café is the perfect spot to enjoy a meal with sea views. It serves a selection of local seafood and Cornish produce, and is a pleasant 15-minute walk from Falmouth town centre. gyllybeach.com 

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Hive Beach cafe, Burton Bradstock

Hive Beach Cafe, Burton Bradstock
Hive Beach Cafe interior, Burton Bradstock ©Alamy

The café is famed for its superb seafood and fresh fish, but it also offers great coffee, homemade cakes, hearty breakfasts and freshly made sandwiches. During the summer months, you can buy local ice cream at the retro-style parlour. hivebeachcafe.co.uk

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Wembury Old Mill Cafe, Devon

Wembury Old Mill
Wembury Old Mill ©Geograph

Choose from a variety of homemade cakes and light meals made from local produce at this cute stone café. It’s only a stone’s throw from the beach, but the café has a range of seating suitable for all weathers and, if a picnic in the sun  hould take your fancy, a takeaway service is available. The café is reached via a stepped slope, but staff are on hand to help with access when needed. 01752 863280; nationaltrust.org.uk/wembury

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The Boathouse Tearoom, Stackpole Quay, Pembrokeshire

Stackpole Quay cafe
Stackpole Quay cafe ©Geograph
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Only a few steps from Stackpole Quay’s tiny harbour and 15 minutes’ walk from the magical beach of Barafundle, this tearoom is a magnet for walkers, divers, fishermen, and families spending the day on the beach, drawn to its great menu of local ingredients. 01646 661359; nationaltrust.org.uk/stackpole