Our favourite restaurants, cafes and things to do in Eastbourne

Becci
Our favourite restaurants, cafes and things to do in Eastbourne

Local cafés

Great coffee, cakes, breakfasts and lunch
Great coffee, cakes, breakfasts and lunch (1 min walk)
Urban Ground
56 South St
Great coffee, cakes, breakfasts and lunch (1 min walk)
This is our #1 favourite – mainly because of the incredible selection of brownies! (5 min walk)
Beanzz Coffee & Kitchen
39 Grove Road
This is our #1 favourite – mainly because of the incredible selection of brownies! (5 min walk)
Great coffee, cakes, breakfasts and lunch (opposite the station, 5 min walk)
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Nelson Coffee
4 Terminus Rd
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Great coffee, cakes, breakfasts and lunch (opposite the station, 5 min walk)
The perfect pitstop for breakfast, lunch and brunch en route to Sovereign Harbour. Superb vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, great coffee. They also serve evening meals on Fridays and Saturdays. Check out the Trip Advisor reviews for menu details. Worth booking ahead!
The Beach Kitchen
56 Beach Rd
The perfect pitstop for breakfast, lunch and brunch en route to Sovereign Harbour. Superb vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, great coffee. They also serve evening meals on Fridays and Saturdays. Check out the Trip Advisor reviews for menu details. Worth booking ahead!
Home-made quiches, salads, moussaka etc., all vegetarian/pescatarian, run by Naz and family – fantastic for lunch. (5 min walk)
Simply Patisserie
112 South Street
Home-made quiches, salads, moussaka etc., all vegetarian/pescatarian, run by Naz and family – fantastic for lunch. (5 min walk)

Food scene

Our favourite restaurant in town! Excellent lunch and dinner, small plates, fabulous wines, superb Sunday roast. Run by Hardy and Jordan - if you haven’t booked, they usually keep a couple of tables for walk-ins. Say you know us! (5 min walk)
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Cru
8 Hyde Gardens
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Our favourite restaurant in town! Excellent lunch and dinner, small plates, fabulous wines, superb Sunday roast. Run by Hardy and Jordan - if you haven’t booked, they usually keep a couple of tables for walk-ins. Say you know us! (5 min walk)
High-quality local seasonal brunch, lunch and dinner (5 min walk).
Skylark
52 Grove Road
High-quality local seasonal brunch, lunch and dinner (5 min walk).
Turkish restaurant and cocktail bar. Check their website for lunch deals and happy hour cocktails (2 min walk). It gets pretty busy and noisy here at weekends when they also have a DJ playing in the evenings. Service can be very slow and expect several renditions of 'happy birthday' as you eat. Although the location is less convenient, Meze is still just a 10-minute walk away and the food and ambience there is far, far better.
Dem Shish Restaurant & Cocktail Bar
85-87 South Street
Turkish restaurant and cocktail bar. Check their website for lunch deals and happy hour cocktails (2 min walk). It gets pretty busy and noisy here at weekends when they also have a DJ playing in the evenings. Service can be very slow and expect several renditions of 'happy birthday' as you eat. Although the location is less convenient, Meze is still just a 10-minute walk away and the food and ambience there is far, far better.
Neopolitan street food, fabulous pizzas. Take-away pizzas are just £6.95 from Sunday – Thursday. We take advantage of this a lot! (1 min walk)
Rustico Neapolitan (Eastbourne)
53 South Street
Neopolitan street food, fabulous pizzas. Take-away pizzas are just £6.95 from Sunday – Thursday. We take advantage of this a lot! (1 min walk)
Run by Lia and her family from the Amalfi coast. Informal, relaxed atmosphere, large choice of authentic, delicious Italian food. The homemade pasta and parmigiana di melanzane are particularly delicious. (10 min walk)
Anema e Core
8 Bolton Rd
Run by Lia and her family from the Amalfi coast. Informal, relaxed atmosphere, large choice of authentic, delicious Italian food. The homemade pasta and parmigiana di melanzane are particularly delicious. (10 min walk)
The best burgers we’ve ever had, anywhere! Truffle mac & cheese is to die for. Click & collect only at the moment. (5 min walk)
7Bone Burger Co. Eastbourne
18 Cornfield Road
The best burgers we’ve ever had, anywhere! Truffle mac & cheese is to die for. Click & collect only at the moment. (5 min walk)
Classic & contemporary Greek dishes with vegan & gluten-free options. Huge portions! (10 min walk)
.Gr/eat Greek Deli & Cuisine
215-217 Terminus Rd
Classic & contemporary Greek dishes with vegan & gluten-free options. Huge portions! (10 min walk)
The best Indian restaurant in town! Although Mayalam is also excellent if you like Keralan cuisine (5 min walk)
Ashoka
28 Cornfield Rd
The best Indian restaurant in town! Although Mayalam is also excellent if you like Keralan cuisine (5 min walk)
Excellent Japanese and sushi, saki cocktails. (10 min walk)
Yoku Sushi
42-44 Seaside Road
Excellent Japanese and sushi, saki cocktails. (10 min walk)
Excellent Thai food, great value set lunch menu. Tables outside where you can watch the boats go by. (70 min walk / 10 min drive)
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Thai Marina
13 The Waterfront
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Excellent Thai food, great value set lunch menu. Tables outside where you can watch the boats go by. (70 min walk / 10 min drive)
Our favourite fish & chips, small indoor seating area and a couple of tables outside. (5 min walk)
Holiday Inn Fish Restaurant
7 Carlisle Road
Our favourite fish & chips, small indoor seating area and a couple of tables outside. (5 min walk)
They also do great fish & chips, also with an indoor seating area. (10 min walk)
Qualisea Fish Restaurant
189 Terminus Road
They also do great fish & chips, also with an indoor seating area. (10 min walk)
Superb bagels and hot dogs – perfect for a day at the beach! (5 min walk)
Downtown Deli
9 Carlisle Road
Superb bagels and hot dogs – perfect for a day at the beach! (5 min walk)
One of Eastbourne's longest established and most popular Italian restaurants serving high-quality Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. Highly recommended by several of our lovely guests. 5 min walk.
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La Locanda Del Duca
26 Cornfield Terrace
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One of Eastbourne's longest established and most popular Italian restaurants serving high-quality Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. Highly recommended by several of our lovely guests. 5 min walk.
This is the go-to place for locally dressed crab or a crab roll. It's popular and worth calling ahead to reserve a crab! (70 min walk / 10 min drive)
4 Seasons Brasserie
3 The Waterfront
This is the go-to place for locally dressed crab or a crab roll. It's popular and worth calling ahead to reserve a crab! (70 min walk / 10 min drive)
The perfect setting for a pre-dinner cocktail with fabulous views towards Beachy Head and the sea.
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Bistrot Pierre
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The perfect setting for a pre-dinner cocktail with fabulous views towards Beachy Head and the sea.
The best Turkish restaurant in Eastbourne, hands down. Not in the best area of town but still only a 10-minute walk from Glen Court.
Meze restaurant Eastbourne
15 Pevensey Rd
The best Turkish restaurant in Eastbourne, hands down. Not in the best area of town but still only a 10-minute walk from Glen Court.
Authentic Keralan cuisine. Excellent quality and perfect for those who aren't so keen on hot curries (although they'll spice it up if you prefer!). (10-min walk)
Malayalam Mother's Cuisine Kerala
229-231 Terminus Road
Authentic Keralan cuisine. Excellent quality and perfect for those who aren't so keen on hot curries (although they'll spice it up if you prefer!). (10-min walk)
The name doesn't do this place justice - although we're yet to try it ourselves, apparently Soup N Tap serves excellent tapas and cocktails and really comes to life on Friday and Saturday nights. Excellent feedback from our guests, friends and also on TripAdvisor. (10 min walk)
Soup N Tap / Soup Shack
171 Terminus Road
The name doesn't do this place justice - although we're yet to try it ourselves, apparently Soup N Tap serves excellent tapas and cocktails and really comes to life on Friday and Saturday nights. Excellent feedback from our guests, friends and also on TripAdvisor. (10 min walk)

Pubs along South Street

Great selection of burgers and fries (but note that they only serve burgers!), one of our favourite pubs in South Street (2 min walk).
Dew Drop Inn
Great selection of burgers and fries (but note that they only serve burgers!), one of our favourite pubs in South Street (2 min walk).
Another of our favourite pubs in South Street (2 min walk). Great selection and quality of food.
The Dolphin
14 South St
Another of our favourite pubs in South Street (2 min walk). Great selection and quality of food.

Wine bars

Amazing wines, craft beers, luxury spirits. 16 wines can be tasted on the tasting machine. They also serve charcuterie, cheese and bread. (Behind the Grand Hotel, 5 min walk)
Levels Bottle Shop Ltd
Amazing wines, craft beers, luxury spirits. 16 wines can be tasted on the tasting machine. They also serve charcuterie, cheese and bread. (Behind the Grand Hotel, 5 min walk)
Good wine and continental-style nibbles. (5 min walk)
Taylors
6 Station Parade
Good wine and continental-style nibbles. (5 min walk)
This is the South Coast’s only five-star hotel and they do some great cocktails! (5 min walk)
Grand Hotel
This is the South Coast’s only five-star hotel and they do some great cocktails! (5 min walk)
Ignore this place (nightclub, dreadful 'cocktails') and go through the door on the right signed The Bear Club https://www.facebook.com/bearclubeastbourne/. Upstairs you'll find a far more sophisticated bar with a private club vibe and exquisite cocktails. They're expensive but we think they're the best in town. The 'Gingerbread' is the perfect post-dinner 'dessert' (Becci is a bit obsessed with these!)
Eastbourne Cocktail Club
10 Station St
Ignore this place (nightclub, dreadful 'cocktails') and go through the door on the right signed The Bear Club https://www.facebook.com/bearclubeastbourne/. Upstairs you'll find a far more sophisticated bar with a private club vibe and exquisite cocktails. They're expensive but we think they're the best in town. The 'Gingerbread' is the perfect post-dinner 'dessert' (Becci is a bit obsessed with these!)
Accessed via their ‘speakeasy’ entrance located to the rear of the Enterprise Centre (next to the station), clearly marked with their logo, Ninkaci is Eastbourne's newest wine bar/craft beer store and taproom. They also serve snack paddles and hand-rolled Cuban cigars from their in-house humidor. (5-min walk)
Ninkaci
Accessed via their ‘speakeasy’ entrance located to the rear of the Enterprise Centre (next to the station), clearly marked with their logo, Ninkaci is Eastbourne's newest wine bar/craft beer store and taproom. They also serve snack paddles and hand-rolled Cuban cigars from their in-house humidor. (5-min walk)

Ice cream

A visit to Eastbourne is not complete without a Fusciardis ice cream! flavours of homemade ice cream. You simply can’t beat this! (10 min walk, near the pier)
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Fusciardi Ice Cream Parlour
30 Marine Parade
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A visit to Eastbourne is not complete without a Fusciardis ice cream! flavours of homemade ice cream. You simply can’t beat this! (10 min walk, near the pier)
Our nearest ice cream parlour, which serves homemade Italian ice cream, coffee, cakes and light lunches. (5 min walk)
Favoloso Cafe
19-25 Carlisle Rd
Our nearest ice cream parlour, which serves homemade Italian ice cream, coffee, cakes and light lunches. (5 min walk)

Tourist information

This is located just past the Towner Gallery and Devonshire Park theatre complex in the Welcome Building, Compton Street, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4BP (5 min walk). They are really helpful and you can also buy reduced rate bus and train tickets here. Also see visiteastbourne.com for an events calendar and lots of ideas for things to do in and around Eastbourne including some great ideas for walks around the town and on the Downs.
Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre
This is located just past the Towner Gallery and Devonshire Park theatre complex in the Welcome Building, Compton Street, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4BP (5 min walk). They are really helpful and you can also buy reduced rate bus and train tickets here. Also see visiteastbourne.com for an events calendar and lots of ideas for things to do in and around Eastbourne including some great ideas for walks around the town and on the Downs.

Things to do outdoors

Sovereign Harbour is northern Europe’s largest composite marina with four linked harbours, waterside restaurants (including Thai Marina as recommended) and a retail park including a large TK Maxx. It’s around an hour’s walk or you can take the number 99 Stagecoach bus which runs every 20 minutes from the town centre www.stagecoachbus.com.
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Sovereign Harbour
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Sovereign Harbour is northern Europe’s largest composite marina with four linked harbours, waterside restaurants (including Thai Marina as recommended) and a retail park including a large TK Maxx. It’s around an hour’s walk or you can take the number 99 Stagecoach bus which runs every 20 minutes from the town centre www.stagecoachbus.com.
Activities include courses and tuition in sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, powerboating, raft building and stand-up paddleboarding. Located on the eastern end of the seafront towards the harbour, opposite Princes Park. www.buzzactive.org.uk They also have a base at Cuckmere Haven, on the coast road between Eastbourne and Seaford (15 mins by car/bus) where you can combine paddle sports with breathtaking views of the Seven Sisters Country Park and Seaford Head.
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Buzz Active Eastbourne
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Activities include courses and tuition in sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, powerboating, raft building and stand-up paddleboarding. Located on the eastern end of the seafront towards the harbour, opposite Princes Park. www.buzzactive.org.uk They also have a base at Cuckmere Haven, on the coast road between Eastbourne and Seaford (15 mins by car/bus) where you can combine paddle sports with breathtaking views of the Seven Sisters Country Park and Seaford Head.
Being located just a five-minute walk from the seafront and a 15-minute walk to the start of the South Downs Way for the Seven Sisters Walk, we’re spoilt with options for beautiful walks! See www.visiteastbourne.com for some great ideas for historic walks around the town and on the Downs, including guided walks. Also see www.walkingclub.org.uk/walk for inspiration! One of our favourite walks is along the beach to the lighthouse (check the tides first!): www.visiteastbourne.com/itinerary-planner?epaction=loadcms&suggesteditin=46
South Downs Way
Being located just a five-minute walk from the seafront and a 15-minute walk to the start of the South Downs Way for the Seven Sisters Walk, we’re spoilt with options for beautiful walks! See www.visiteastbourne.com for some great ideas for historic walks around the town and on the Downs, including guided walks. Also see www.walkingclub.org.uk/walk for inspiration! One of our favourite walks is along the beach to the lighthouse (check the tides first!): www.visiteastbourne.com/itinerary-planner?epaction=loadcms&suggesteditin=46