Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Tea Beside The Seaside

Shortly after our visit to West Wittering in May, Mum spotted a review for the East Beach Cafe which is just up the road in Littlehampton. It was so good that I was really keen to visit - not only to feast on the delicious sounding food but to see the innovative building.

When I looked at the weather towards the end of last week, I was delighted to see that it was going to be the perfect weekend for a trip to the seaside. On Saturday we awoke to a cloudy and muggy morning and so Mr P and I made a quick getaway out of London and headed for the West Sussex coast.

We arrived in West Wittering mid-morning and the weather was glorious. We spent some lovely hours picnicing, reading, paddling and strolling along the beach. We had ice creams and watched children playing and it was really the perfect sort of sunny summer day.

The sky and the sea just sparkled!

On the Friday afternoon when we decided to definitely take our seaside day trip, I called the East Beach Cafe and booked a table for Saturday night. From the information on the website it sounded like it had the potential to get quite busy.

When it was getting close to teatime we drove round the coast to Littlehampton, I swapped my swimming costume for a summer dress and we had a little stroll along the beach before it was time to eat.

We were not disappointed. The setting and the food were fantastic!

The building (designed by Thomas Heatherwick famous for creating the Olympic Cauldron for London 2012) was amazing. From the outside it looked like a chunk out of a cliff but when inside you felt like you were in a little cave. It has to be seen to be believed. I also liked that in the toilets there were framed postcards from Littlehampton's seaside heyday in the 1950s and 1960s that had been displayed showing both pictures and text so you could read the quaint messages that people had sent home. I probably spent far too long in the toilets reading these and can imagine Mr P was left wondering what on earth I was up to!

From our table we had a beautiful view of the shoreline and the waitressing staff were very friendly and relaxed. As we were beside the sea, we opted for fishy options: Mr P indulged in a yummy fish soup and I enjoyed Dorset mussels in a cider, parsley and cream sauce to start, and for our mains Mr P chose fish and chips and I opted pan fried sea bream with beetroot and new potatoes. We shared a vanilla panna cotta with an orange sauce for dessert.

It was delicious and we could see why the restaurant had been given such rave reviews. I highly recommend going for lunch or dinner if you are down that way but make sure you book in advance. While there were just a few groups when we arrived at 7.30pm, only 30 minutes later it was completely full. 

And then we had a long drive back to London: up and down windy, hilly 'A' roads. It seemed to take forever but for a day in the sunshine with sea air and delicious food it was definitely worth it.


  1. Sounds like a great day out - and you can do it more often now you're all finished, yay!

  2. It sounds like a perfect day, with all of my favorite things - beach, good food and time with someone you love! I am glad that you have perfect summer weather to enjoy it.

    1. This is the best summer we've had for years, Shannon. I've definitely been making the most of it. We've had a bit of rain the past few days but we needed it! x