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Five great British restaurants by the coast

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What could be nicer on a balmy summer’s evening than a glass of chilled wine, a plate of seafood and a table with a view of the sea? From the newly opened Rick Stein restaurant in Sandbanks to Coast on the shores of Pembrokeshire, these are our favourite places to net a table this summer 

Rick Stein, Sandbanks, Dorset
Forty years after launching his world-famous Padstow seafood restaurant, Rick Stein this spring opened the doors of his new Sandbanks restaurant (pictured main image), his biggest to date. Perched on the waterfront with views across Poole harbour, the restaurant caters for 200 diners over two levels – the lower level, where the signature Stein seafood bar is located, operating on a first come, first served basis, and the top floor for more formal dining. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows capture the sea views, and the Rick’s classic dishes, such as turbot hollandaise, fruits de mer, hot shellfish and lobster thermidor, feature on the menu. Book now

Rick Stein, Sandbanks interior 3 - Copyright Lucy Richards

Coat, Pembrokeshire
Right on the shoreline and just metres from the golden sands of Coppet Hall, Coast has been luring food lovers with dishes that use locally sourced Pembrokeshire ingredients since it launched in 2014. From the shellfish bisque to the tuna loin salad Nicoise, the emphasis here is on quality with a generously sized side portion of style. Book now

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HIX Oyster and Fish House, Lyme Regis
Located in Mark Hix’s native Dorset, the light and airy dining room at Hix Oyster and Fish House is all about great fresh food, stunning views and stylish simplicity – as it says on the website “white wooden tables and chairs let the food do the talking”. Fresh seafood and locally foraged produce in true HIX style appears on the daily changing menu. Book now

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Rock Salt, Folkestone, Kent
On a clear day you can see across to France – on other days, you can simply watch the tide roll in and the fishing boats landing the day’s catch – but wherever you sit in Rock Salt you’ll have a view of the harbour. The vibe is low-key luxe – think lime-washed oak flooring, dark timber tables and green leather banquettes – and outside there’s a sweeping terrace overhanging the harbour’s edge where you can enjoy the seasonal, locally sourced dishes, from dressed crab and sourdough to Maldon Rock Oysters Classic or Deep Fried with Seaweed and Horseradish Mayonnaise. Book now

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The Seaside Boarding House, Dorset
With a restaurant that looks out over to Lyme Regis and a terrace with views across to Portland, The Seaside Boarding House, perched high up on the clifftop in Burton Bradstock, is the perfect elevated spot on a warm summer’s day to relax with a glass of chilled wine and something delicious from the menu, from Crab on toast with rouille to Roast cod with lentils and courgette frites and Bridport smoked kippers. If you’re lucky you’ll also be able to watch local fishermen pulling in crab and lobsters from the sea below. Book now

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