10 of the best places to eat by the seaside
PUBLISHED: 00:00 15 August 2016
You can dine in style along the Lancashire and Lake District coastline, as Emma Mayoh discovered
Aspect Bar and Bistro, Morecambe
Aspect Bar and Bistro, owned by Paul Bury, is an award-winning cocktail bar and bistro on Morecambe’s central promenade. There are spectacular views across the bay to the Lakeland Fells. Don’t expect your average seaside food here. There are delicious tapas dishes on offer and the venue champions Lancashire produce. It is also home to the Seaside Chef of the Year competition.
You can make the most of those views from Aspect 320, the new terrace and champagne and gin bar at Aspect.
Aspect Bar and Bistro, Ground Floor, Lothersdale Hotel, 320 - 323 Marine Road, Morecambe, LA4 5AA, 01524 416404
The Rotunda Bar, Midland Hotel, Morecambe
There are arguably few better places to enjoy afternoon tea than from the Rotunda Bar in this beautifully renovated Art Deco hotel on Morecambe seafront. Here there are vast, far-reaching views of Morecambe Bay.
Lunch and dinner is served here or you can enjoy the spectacular vista with a drink. It is also a very popular spot for morning coffee or its traditional afternoon tea.
The Midland, Marine Road West, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA4 4BU, 08458 501240.
The Wolfhouse Kitchen, Silverdale
This modern and quirky place is in beautiful Silverdale where views of Morecambe Bay are difficult to beat. After a walk between this lovely place from Arnside, via Arnside Knott, this is the ideal place to take solace.
The menu has a great choice of lunch and brunch ideas including ciabattas, bagels and buckwheat pancakes as well as sourdough pizzas. Well worth a visit.
The Wolfhouse Kitchen, Lindeth Road, LA5 0TX, Silverdale, 01524 702024.
Posh Sardine, Arnside
Take in the spectacular view of the Kent Estuary while enjoying this quirky tea room whose name is taken from an anagram of Arnside shop. Feast on a fabulous array of cakes – the perfect reward after a local walk – or choose something from the recently expanded menu. On a nice day, after looking at the gifts, homewares and antiques also stocked here, you can enjoy a cup of tea sat outside as well as light lunches, soups, a ploughman’s platter or a Mrs Dowson’s ice cream.
It’s run by friendly couple, Stephen and Jane Caldwell. Stephen is a former PE teacher and international athlete and Jane a chartered surveyor. The pair, originally from Bolton, always wanted a business together and set up in March 2011.
Posh Sardine, 24 The Promenade, Arnside, LA5 0HA, 01524 762575.
The Crosby Tea Rooms, Crosby
This traditional English tea room is within walking distance of Crosby beach, where you can take a look at Antony Gormley’s spectacular statues that are dotted around this stretch of sand.
Inside the tea room you’ll find home cooked food, home made cakes and a great choice of quality loose leaf tea. Even your prized pooches get the red carpet treatment here with a specially brewed dog iced tea with dog cupcakes soon to be added to the menu. There are also live jazz performances every month.
The Crosby Tea Rooms, College Road, Crosby, Liverpool, L23 3AT, 0151 345 1212.
Green’s Bistro, St Annes
Don’t be fooled by the small unassuming entrance down a side street in St Annes. This small rustic bistro packs a punch. Not only has it kept its AA rosette rating for food quality since 2000, owners Paul and Anna Webster, impress diners week in, week out with their small seasonal menus that celebrate local produce including fish from nearby Lanigans in Lytham and Penny’s Meats in Accrington. The couple, who met on the QEII, set up Greens in 1999 when Paul and Swedish wife Anna returned to St Annes after working in restaurants around the globe.
The menu is full of flavour packed dishes including pan-seared salmon fillet, squash, spinach and goats cheese lasagne, quinoa, beetroot and toasted walnut salad and crusted lamb rump.
Greens Bistro, 3/9 St Andrews Road South, St Annes, FY8 1SX, 01253 789990.
Debunking the myth that Blackpool is all about fish and chips and kiss me quick hats are the team at the popular restaurant. Marco Calle-Calatayud and brother-in-law Tony Beswick have been running this multi award-winning restaurant for a decade. And the county’s food is certainly celebrated with a special Lancashire Market Menu, which is available alongside an a la carte menu.
Local suppliers are also used including Mrs Kirkham’s Cheese, Altham’s Butchers in Morecambe and G and M Lumb Dairy, located just three miles from the restaurant. They also host cookery demonstrations, Lancashire lunches and themed evenings.
Kwizeen, 47 – 49 King Street, Blackpool, FY1 3EJ, 01253 290045.
V Café and Sushi Bar, Southport
Head chef Andrew Carter and his talented team have received many an accolade for their talents including 2 AA Rosettes for culinary excellence. Try some of the best sushi, Miso soup and freshly cut sashimi. If sushi isn’t your thing, there are also plenty of classic British and European dishes including fish and chips and sautéed squid with chorizo.
After 6pm, the venue turns into a fine dining venue where you can drink or dine al fresco overlooking Lord Street or enjoy the sumptuous décor inside. They have another venue in Liverpool.
V Café and Sushi Bar, 98 Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1JR, 0843 509 4585.
Hest Bank Inn, Hest Bank
This family-run pub in this pretty village, just up the coast from Morecambe, has been given a warm welcome to visitors for many years. Enjoy pub classics as well as a fine selection of real ales and wines.
This former winner of the North West Great Brtiain Pub of the Year has staff that pride themselves in providing a memorable experience for diners. But experience the friendly atmosphere and fabulous food for yourself.
Hest Bank Inn, 2 Hest Bank Lane, Hest Bank, LA2 6DN, 01524 824339.
The Fisherman’s Arms, Baycliff
Experienced hoteliers, Andrea and Ian Kelly, bought this lovely hotel near Ulverston in July 2011. They did it up and opened just a few months later. Since then, The Fisherman’s Arms has been a popular stop. Dining is relaxed with a bar and tap room, informal eating areas and a snug.
But the kitchen team are sharp and clearly pay attention as they turn out superb seasonal dishes as well as a cracking Sunday lunch with roast sirloin of beef as well as other roasts.
The Fishermans Arms Hotel, Baycliff, Ulverston, LA12 9RJ, 01229 869133.