EAST BEACH CAFE (LITTLEHAMPTON)
- zuriga1 Jul 9, 2010 10:46 PM
We took the day off and drove the hour down to get a sea breeze at Littlehampton, next to Worthing. As the East Beach Cafe had been mentioned in Delicious Magazine this month, it seemed a likely candidate for a small lunch. The magazine blurb made the place look a bit larger than it was, but no problem as we arrived early. An hour later, the cafe was buzzing - inside (with doors open to the breeze) and at a few outdoor tables right on the beach.
The menu is small, although there were three, nice-sounding asparagus specials. Many were having what looked like very good fish and chips. I had to make do with a smoked chicken salad and Mr. Z. had a delicious mushroom soup (he who does not eat much lunch). The bread was yummy. All the dishes seem lovingly and well prepared, and the service was cheerful and very professional.
The building is fairly new and of a strange design, inspired by a piece of driftwood. Around the side is a small extension selling drinks and ice cream. I ate a Mr. Whippy as we drove off towards Arundel.
we went last month and loved it - there is a post on my blog which includes photos of the building.
we shared fish n chips, potted crab and salt & pepper squid. all were lovely, the only slight oddity the flavoured oil which was drizzled over the squid which was a bit harsh - i think it was cuury flavoured, did try to confirm but the waitress was clueless.
most people around us were eating burgers which did look very good too.
I think i can safely claim to be the only person of this board who is actually a native of Littlehampton, but I got out asap. However since my parents died I no longer spend much time there, but still have a house to sell.... The local food standards are low although foodie daughter living in London ate there recently and pronounced it both better than expected and most of the reviews. I would recommend the Arun View pub ( by the river, near to the station) for good fresh fish, at least it was fresh last time I ate there, and I have high standards after growing up eating freshly caught fish. but remember Brits eat fish on the bone, rarely filleted before cooking
thanks but my leap from Littlehampton to Manhattan has the natives baffled, but I think that is exactly why I did leave!! but try the Arun View, it is much more 'local' than East Beach Cafe. However there is a restaurant in nearby Angmering with a similar name, mercifully wiped from my memory, which was as close to John Cleese in Fawlty Towers as I ever hope to experience.