Places to eat and drink in Eastbourne

You're on holiday so relax, sit back, tuck in.

Sample some of our favourite places to eat, drink and be merry in and around Eastbourne, East Sussex

Urban Ground Cafe | Eastbourne

Enjoy the freedom of self catering - but indulge your senses in tempting places to eat & drink

Our top quality holiday homes are set up for self catering holidays in Eastbourne. But why stay in all the time?

Each kitchen is fully kitted out to prepare meals with a fridge, oven, hob and cooking utensils, plus most have additional modern appliances such as dishwashers, microwaves, washing machines and in some cases Nespresso coffee machines.

But follow the foodies who are now flocking to Eastbourne and the journalists (and awards!) are in their slipstream.

Quality coffee shops, independent cafes through to swanky 5-star hotel restaurants in Eastbourne make it a difficult decision where to eat out.

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There are a wealth of eateries in and around Eastbourne, so make the most of these tasty treats

Sure, you can still enjoy a classic afternoon tea on Eastbourne Pier or at the Grand Hotel, but the food scene has changed dramatically over recent years.

Take advantage of locally-sourced, seasonal produce served at many of the smaller, independent cafes, restaurants and bars.

And, of course, everything tastes better when you’re in the UK’s sunniest spot, with views out over the sea or the glorious South Downs!

Urban Ground Cafe | Eastbourne
Urban Ground Cafe | Eastbourne

Restaurants in Eastbourne | Places to eat and drink

Urban Ground Cafes (££) – Delicious food and exceptional coffee at their South Street and Bolton Road cafes

Bistrot Pierre (£££) – Right on the seafront French cuisine in a buzzy atmosphere with stunning sea views.

Pomodoro e Mozzarella (££) – Locals’ favourite Italian, on Cornfield Terrace for delicious hand spun pizzas

Bill’s Restaurant (££) – On Terminus Road, lively atmosphere for all the usual favourites with seating inside and out

The Dolphin (££) – On South Street provides a cosy atmospher, open fires and leather sofas for traditional pub food

Dem Shish (££) – For Turkish cuisine with a modern twist and a live DJ on Friday and Saturday as well as live music on other nights

Thai Brasserie (£££) – Top floor of Enterprise Centre with tapas options

Mirabelle (££££) – Award winning restaurant in Eastbourne at The Grand Hotel for a special treat

Skylark (£££) – On Grove Road, an intimate, award-winning Eastbourne restaurant offering seasonal English food

Gelato Famoso (£) – At 30 Marine Parade (seafront) for top-notch ice creams and sundaes made daily, as well as coffees

Odyssey Fish and Chips (£) – Arguably the best fish and chips in town – sit down, take away and delivery available

To the Rise (££) – A European style artisan bakery which specialises in 100% sourdough bread using carefully sourced organic and local ingredients (open Thursday – Sunday)

Gr/eat (£££) – Delicious, authentic Greek restaurant with souvlaki and skewers on Terminus Road just off the seafront

Meads High Street

Places to eat in Meads

The Ship Inn (£££) – Satisfying pub food on Meads Street just at the foot of the South Downs and a short walk from the beach

Xing Fu (£££) – Meaning happiness, serving Chinese delights. Modern cuisine on Meads Street for eat in or takeaway

The Pilot Inn (£££) – Friendly and award winning pub with beer garden serving British classics with an elegant twist. Cask and local ales feature too

Mug Shots deli and cafe (££) – Doggy friendly coffee shop on Meads High Street – don’t miss out on their Banoffee Pie

Sovereign Harbour

Sovereign Harbour - places to eat and drink

4Seasons (££) – For speciality coffee and home baked cakes

Pablo’s (££) – For great Italian and Mediterranean dining with waterside views of the yachts and boats at
Sovereign Harbour

Dolci (££) – Indulgent ice creams, crepes and waffles – eat in or take away

Simply Italian (££) – Informal and consistently good pasta and pizza

Pevensey Castle

Places to eat in Pevensey Bay

The Royal Oak & Castle Inn (££) – For everything from sandwiches to Sunday roasts

Rajpur (££) – For contemporary Indian cuisine. Eat in, take away or delivery

Rose’s Fish Bar (£) – Eat in, delivery or takeaway and eat on the beach

Ocean’s View Bakery & Restaurant (£) – Breakfasts, burgers, bakery goodies and more

Smugglers (££) – A 16th century inn with oak beams, fires in the bar and restaurant, a beer garden and play area

Love All Cafe | Old Town

Old Town places to eat and drink

Picasso Express (££) – For delicious pasta and pizza – eat in besides the Tally Ho pub or take away

Spice Garden (££) – For tasty Indian cuisine, including classic curries and tandoori specialities

The Rainbow (£££) – A gastropub with great food and a very large beer garden

The Lamb (££) – An older style pub for traditional pub food and roasts. It’s so old in fact, that there has been a pub on this site since 1180AD!

El Changarro (££) – Our new favourite restaurant in Eastbourne and set in the Tally Ho lounge, for authentic Mexican flavours with a lively vibe. The roja sauce is definitely picante!

Friston Forest

Places to eat in the South Downs

The Tiger Inn, East Dean (££) – Hearty food with an open fire, low slung oak beams and real ales in an informal family atmosphere. Set on a huge village green, it’s also perfect for alfresco dining during the summer

Wingrove House, Alfriston (££££) – A 19th century colonial style country house set in a picturesque village offering fresh, locally sourced produce

The Star, Alfriston (££££) – Part of the Polizzi collection by Alex Polizzi (of The Hotel Inspector fame) is an exceptional hotel / restaurant which was originally built in 1345 as a religious hostel. The ever changing highly seasonal menus offer local Sussex produce at its best.

The Ram Inn, Firle (£££) – A converted brick and flint stable and coach house country pub near Lewes offering great local food and locally produced cask ales. With a wall flinted garden for peaceful summer supping and roaring fires to keep toasty warm in cooler times, this is a rural gem.

The Eight Bells, Jevington (££) – This small independently owned pub is consistently praised for its exceptional Sunday roast and other traditional fayre.

Rathfinny Wine Estate, Alfriston (££££) – A Michelin-recommended tasting restaurant, plus gastro-pub style alternative – all set in beautiful Sussex countryside. Wine tasting tours also available.

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