Located right on the beachfront with spectacular views of the sea, East Beach Cafe serves uncomplicated food using the very best ingredients. Our classic English menu includes seaside favourites like fresh locally caught fish, day boat fish soup, traditional fish and chips with pea puree and the classic East Beach beef burger. We also feature cooking inspired by beach holidays abroad including our most popular dish, salt and pepper squid with chilli.
Thomas Heatherwick rose to prominence early in his career when he was discovered by Sir Terence Conran straight out of the Royal College of Art. Conran leant his workshops to the budding designer superstar to develop his early projects. Conran once called him ‘the Leonardo da Vinci of our times”. Thomas set up Heatherwick Studio in 1994, bringing together architects, product designers and engineers within a single practice. The studio produced many successful product and installation designs but it was not until it was commissioned in September 2005 to create a new cafe on the beach at Littlehampton that it was able to complete a real building. Thomas and his design team, headed by Peter Ayres, created a structure that not only became a popular local cafe but was published around the world, attracting thousands of tourists to the south coast seaside. Thomas said that he wanted a space that would be both “ a prospect and refuge” - a welcoming interior with generous views of the sea but also a cosy atmosphere, whatever the weather!
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