Shore things: the 22 best places to eat seafood around the UK coast

Adam Riley, chef-owner, Riley’s Fish Shack: “They do crab sandwiches or lobster simply served. A lovely pub with a classic offering very well executed.”
Low Newton-by-the-Sea, NE66 3EL; 01665 576262; shipinnnewton.co.uk

Adam Riley: “It’s at the car park when you arrive in Craster and it serves a simple kipper in a bun. It’s incredibly basic and understated but always a welcome pleasure when going for a walk along the coast.”
Craster Quarry Car Park, NE66 3TW; 075856 05607, piperspitch.com

Galton Blackiston, chef-owner, Morston Hall and No 1 Cromer: “They use many local, seasonal ingredients … and of course, there’s the view! It overlooks the marshes.”
Main Rd, PE31 8BY; 01485 210262; whitehorsebrancaster.co.uk

Galton Blackiston: “Owned by a crab fisherman, it’s the crab that I always have … they do Cromer crab in various guises, as a crab cake, crab linguine or salad.”
Cromer Rd, R27 9QA; 07848 045607; rockybottoms.co.uk

Stephen Harris, chef-owner, The Sportsman: “Angela’s is a simple fish place but very well done. It’s like St John by the sea.”
24 High St, CT9 1DS; 01843 520391; angelasofmargate.com

Stephen Harris: “A dream of a restaurant. It is just Dave in the kitchen, and Polly out front, cooking for maybe 12 people.”
5 Church St, CT20 1SE; 01303 249952; folkestonewine.com

Jane Baxter, chef-owner, Wild Artichoke events: “Fantastic simple food paired with amazing wines, a sun trap of a terrace with the best views”
Inner Hope, TQ7 3HH; 01548 56137; hopecovehouse.co

Emily Scott, chef-owner, Emily Scott Food: “An escape into beautiful Cornwall, a place of pure magic.”
Porthcurnick Beach, TR2 5EW; hiddenhut.co.uk

Nathan Outlaw, chef-owner, Nathan Outlaw New Road: “Fisherman Calum catches the crab and lobster out in the bay, then his wife, Tracey, cooks them to make the best crab sandwiches in the world!”
18 New Rd, PL29 3SB; 01208 880849; freshfromthesea.co.uk

Stephen Terry, chef-owner, The Hardwick: “I love the simplicity and honesty of the Seafood Hut. It really is just a hut! Great shellfish at its seasonal best, cooked with passion, respect and understanding. A beacon of deliciousness on the main Mumbles pedestrian strip.”
The Antelope Slip, Southend, Promenade Tce, SA3 4DS; gowerseafoodhut.co.uk

Stephen Terry: “Porthgain is amazing. The Shed is nothing pretentious but does really good fish and chips. If you can’t get in there’s always the Sloop Inn over the road.”
56 Llanrhian Rd, SA62 5BN; 01348 831518; theshedporthgain.co.uk

Shaun Hill, chef-owner, The Walnut Tree: “One of the chefs’ favourites in Wales. Good for fish, local produce and, of course, for its atmosphere.”
1 Quay Pde, SA46 0BT; 01545 570 755; harbour-master.com

Niall McKenna, chef-owner, James Street South: “New takeaway from restaurant Mourne Seafood. A great spot to pick up squid and chips to eat alfresco on Dundrum Bay picnic tables, or down the road to Murlough Bay. Make sure you arrive early.”
81 Main St, BT33 0LU

Paula McIntyre, chef and food writer: “Morelli’s is a north coast institution. They first opened in 1911. Their sundaes are old-school classics combined with new flavours like Irish black butter and sea salt caramel. Morelli’s to Go next door often serves a whippy with Abernethy butter – worth the drive alone!”
53-56 The Promenade, BT55 7AF; 028 7083 2150; morellisofportstewart.co.uk

Niall McKenna: “Lively spot on the coast, great for people watching.”
The Harbour, BT56 8DF; 028 7082 4313; ramorerestaurant.com

Pam Brunton, chef-owner, Inver: “It’s on the ferry pier. Prawn sandwiches, fresh oysters, dressed crab, mussels, etc, to eat on picnic benches outside or to go.”
Calmac Pier, PA34 4DB

Pam Brunton: “They have their own fishing boats and it’s in the old lifeguard’s building overlooking the bay.”
The Pier, 23 Main St, PA75 6NU; 01688 301253; thecafefish.com

Tom Kitchin, chef-owner, The Kitchin: “The perfect place to finish a trip from the Outer Hebrides after getting off the ferry from Harris. Their daily changing menu of local catch has a great variety of fish and shellfish.”
West Argyle St, IV26 2TY; 07876 142623; seafoodshack.co.uk

Pam Brunton: “An old childhood haunt on top of the cliffs near Arbroath, the town famous for the smokies. Last time I looked there were five dishes with smoked haddock on the menu. I’m very fond of the ‘famous’ smokie pancakes.”
No. 1 Auchmithie, DD11 5SQ; 07742 436733; thebutnben.com

Tom Kitchin: “A must visit when on the east coast, with dining outdoors on the roof terrace and great views of the coast.”
East Shore, KY10 2AR; 01333 405030; eastpier.co.uk

Pam Brunton: “Excellent, about a mile in from the actual beach. Chef James and his partner Alethea are ex-St John and Rochelle Canteen.”
9-11 Main St, KY9 1LF; 01333 340377; kinneucharinn.com

Tom Kitchin: “A great spot to enjoy locally caught seafood from boats in the harbour. The lobster and chips is the highlight and they also have a daily catch on the menu.”
North Berwick Harbour, The Old Pier, EH39 4SS; 07910 620480; lobstershack.co.uk

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