As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer the seaside will always be an appealing location. Whether you’re looking for a family holiday to enjoy the May bank holiday weekend, a day out or just want to make the most of the calm before the summer holidays these seaside pubs are definitely worth a visit.
THE CROOKED BILLET, LEIGH-ON-SEA
A cosy and traditional pub (the oldest on the High Street) with sea views located on the waterfront in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex. This old style “no fuss” English pub is acclaimed for its service and friendly staff. It offers a wide variety of fish and seafood at reasonable prices with fish and chips priced at £12 for regular size and £14.50 for a large. They advertise an “extensive” gin and whiskey collection and are celebrating their third gin festival this summer. With its seafront location, live music, open mic nights and dogs and children welcome too this pub is sure to stand out from the crowd.
PEARSON’S ARMS, WHITSTABLE
Whitstable, located in the north of Kent, a short drive from Canterbury town centre is a hidden gem, along with the many pubs it offers. Pearson’s Arms, a short walk from the beach is praised by both locals and tourists alike for its atmosphere, service and menu full of variety, including great options for children. The restaurant upstairs overlooks the water and a select few tables inside the pub also offer sea views if you are lucky enough to be there when it’s not too busy. You can enjoy wholesome, good quality food and drink including fish and chips for £16, local Oysters and Beers and there is even a separate vegetarian and vegan menu. With live music twice a week and food offers three times a week on dishes such as fish and chips, steak and beef wellington there’s sure to be something for everyone.
THE CARY ARMS, TORQUAY
Located near to Babbacombe Beach in Torquay, Devon this pub also offers a hotel and spa complete with its own beach huts and selection of shore suits. Its traditional seaside exterior offers a hint to the cosy wooden tables and bare board floors that lay inside. It offers both indoor and outdoor dining facilities and friendly staff that have been praised for their attentiveness. You can enjoy a seaside walk followed by fish and chips for £15 or a roast on Sunday for £14.95 whilst listening to the sound of waves crashing on the bay. You can even bring your dog with you as this pub advertises that both the bar and hotel is dog friendly. Also with a dedicated child friendly area this seaside pub is a treat for the whole family, including the dog.
THE PORT WILLIAM INN, TREBARWITH
The Port William Inn in the North of Cornwall has been praised for its fantastic location amongst the cliffs overlooking Trebarwith Strand and close to Trebarwith beach. Both children and dogs are welcome and the pub praises itself on the wide variety of food they have available in their restaurant, including cream tea, pizza, burgers and of course fish and chips. Choose between indoor or outdoor dining to appreciate the fantastic view and watch the sunset. The pub also offers a number of 4 star rooms at affordable prices for those that want to experience the sunrise and fall asleep to the sound of the waves below.
THE DUKE OF YORK, WHITBY
A beautiful historic pub in the North Yorkshire town of Whitby located close to the pier and Whitby beach. The pub itself offers views of the harbour with some sea views that are praised by all that visit it. It draws both locals and tourists as it is located at the foot of a tourist attraction, the 199 steps that lead up to Whitby Abbey. It has been praised for its welcoming atmosphere despite how busy it can get and locally sourced food at extremely reasonable food and drink prices with fish and chips at just £9.95. Children are also welcomed and catered for with a selection of children’s meals available. So why not attempt the 199 steps and celebrate in this special, traditional pub.
APPLECROSS INN, APPLECROSS
Located in Shore Street, Applecross in the North West Highlands of Scotland this pub not only boasts seaside views but also of both the Isle of Raasay and Skye. This isolated, coastal pub also offers seven en-suite bedroom all with sea views and praises itself on their selection of drinks with over 50 Whiskies available to customers. Its friendly, warm atmosphere welcomes both regular customers and first time visitors and how busy it is speaks for itself. Its variety filled menu is priced between £4 and £25 with its fish and chips offered at £12, and options also available for children. With children and dogs on leads both welcome until 9pm and a wheelchair accessible main bar area this really is a pub for everyone.
Set up in a former Harbourmaster’s office, close to Cardigan Bay, Wales, this pub overlooks the harbour with sea views available in their luxury, boutique rooms that they also have to offer. Although set in a quiet and quaint location, it is praised for its informal setting and lively atmosphere that their many regular customers can attest to. Much of their menu is high quality, locally sourced produced including Cardigan Bay Crab, with fantastic choice across their set menu, bar menu and breakfast/brunch menu. Both the pub restaurant and hotel are accommodating to children, making it a great option for the whole family. With its attentive staff, warm atmosphere and of course its wonderful views and location this pub is sure to impress.