While many Londoners automatically flock to Brighton the second the sun peeps though the clouds in the summer, there are plenty of other tiny gems to discover along the Sussex coastline. Littlehampton is one of these tiny seaside resorts, and it’s the perfect spot for a gourmet lunch and a little art.
Littlehampton is essentially a traditional British seaside holiday town, with the usual rock shops, faded tea rooms, fry ups, amusement arcades, crazy golf, helter skelters and dodgems. Now, in truth, I wouldn’t usually travel too far for that since there are many similar places that I can get to a lot quicker. What really makes the place, however, is a striking piece of architecture, an excellent foodie destination, two award-winning clean sandy beaches and a tiny, quirky art trail.
The East Beach Café on the seafront is housed in a structure that’s won over 20 national and international awards for design, architecture, steelwork, craftsmanship and engineering. It’s a fascinating self-supporting building, acting much like the hull of a ship, designed by visionary architect Thomas Heatherwick. It’s the perfect setting for delicious, lovingly prepared modern menus that make the most of local, seasonal foods, especially the best of Sussex’s fish and seafood. Recipes include crab linguine, and fish soup with roasted tomatoes. They also make a mean raspberry and prosecco cocktail. The place is rammed every lunchtime, so try to book ahead if at all possible.
You could also try the Silk Road Restaurant in Arcade Road for an eclectic mix of Turkish and Mediterranean foods, blended with regular belly dancing, music and dancing which will give you a real flavour of escapism.
We were lucky enough to travel from London stations to Littlehampton for only £5 by booking tickets from the DaysOutGuide and Oystercard deal. This expires on the 25th of July, 2010, so be quick if you’d like to take advantage of it.
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