The Southeast Restaurants

If you're in a seaside town, look for that great British staple, fish-and-chips. Perhaps "look" isn't the word—just follow your nose. On the coast, seafood, much of it locally caught, is a specialty. Try local smoked fish (haddock and mackerel) or the succulent local oysters. Inland, sample fresh local lamb and beef. In cities s
If you're in a seaside town, look for that great British staple, fish-and-chips. Perhaps "look" isn't the word—just follow your nose. On the coast, seafood, much of it locally caught, is a specialty. Try local smoked fish (haddock and mackerel) or the succulent local oy
If you're in a seaside town, look for that great British staple, fish-and-chips. Perhaps "look" isn't the word—just foll

If you're in a seaside town, look for that great British staple, fish-and-chips. Perhaps "look" isn't the word—just follow your nose. On the coast, seafood, much of it locally caught, is a specialty. Try local smoked fish (haddock and mackerel) or the succulent local oysters. Inland, sample fresh local lamb and beef. In cities such as Brighton and Tunbridge Wells there are numerous restaurants and cafés, but out in the countryside the best options are often pubs.

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  • 1. Gelato Gusto

    $ | Café

    No seaside town would be complete without an ice-cream store, and the delicious, homemade, artisanal gelato on sale here is a real treat. Everything...Read More

  • 2. Kitsu

    $ | Japanese

    Good Japanese food is often difficult to come by in England, so this tiny, unassuming restaurant seems an unlikely venue for the best sushi...Read More

  • 3. The Mill

    $ | British

    A short hop down the road from Waverley Abbey, this unusually handsome pub is in an old watermill (which is still working—you can see it in...Read More

  • 4. Berties of Arundel

    $ | Café

    This place is a real little charmer. A lovely, old-school café in the center of Arundel, Berties serves delicious sandwiches, panini, light...Read More

  • 5. Bill's

    $ | European

    What started in the early 2000s as a distinctly Lewes café-restaurant has since grown to become a full-blown chain, with nearly 100 restaurants...Read More

  • 6. Blue Dolphin

    $ | Seafood

    The crowds line up all day to make their way into this small fish-and-chips shop just off the seafront, down near the fish shacks. Although...Read More

  • 7. City Fish Bar

    $ | British

    Long lines and lots of satisfied finger licking attest to the deserved popularity of this excellent fish-and-chips shop in the center of town...Read More

  • 8. Don Vincenzo

    $ | Italian

    This lively Italian trattoria in the center of Rochester specializes in delicious pizza and pasta, the best of which is the simple Napoletana...Read More

  • 9. Gourmet Burger Kitchen

    $ | American

    This very popular place makes what it says on the label—good burgers—and not a lot else. You wait for a table, then order at the counter. All...Read More

  • 10. Iydea

    $ | Vegetarian

    This popular restaurant and café is a must for visiting vegetarians, though even the most ardent carnivores are likely to leave satisfied. The...Read More

  • 11. La Scala

    $ | Italian

    This cheerful Italian restaurant in the center of Dover is much favored by locals looking for an authentic, inexpensive Italian meal without...Read More

  • 12. Manakamana Gurkha

    $ | Asian

    It's not what you might expect to find in the cozy confines of Tunbridge Wells, but the Nepalese cuisine at this friendly spot is popular with...Read More

  • 13. Mock Turtle

    $ | Café

    Less than a five-minute walk from the Royal Pavilion, the Mock Turtle is a great old-fashioned, homey café. Alongside a decent selection of...Read More

  • 14. Old Brewery Tavern

    $ | British

    Here you can expect reliably good comfort food—juicy burgers, crispy fish-and-chips, or sirloin steak grilled to order. The atmosphere is relaxed...Read More

  • 15. Old Buttermarket

    $ | British

    A colorful, friendly old pub near the cathedral, the Buttermarket is a great place to grab a hearty lunch and sample some traditional English...Read More

  • 16. Robson's of Lewes

    $ | Café

    Good coffee, fresh produce, and delicious pastries make this coffee shop one of the best places in Lewes to drop by for an afternoon pick-me...Read More

  • 17. Rumwong

    $ | Thai

    Considered by locals to be one of the best Thai restaurants in the region, Rumwong has an incredibly long menu, with dozens of choices from...Read More

  • 18. Simply Italian

    $ | Italian

    In a prime location near the marina, this popular Italian eatery packs in the crowds on weekend nights with its inexpensive, classic, pasta...Read More

  • 19. The Custard Tart

    $ | Café

    A short walk from the cathedral, the Custard Tart serves freshly made sandwiches, pies, tarts, and cakes, along with steaming cups of tea and...Read More

  • 20. The Limetree Kitchen

    $ | British

    Elegant, imaginative menus and a commitment to locally sourced produce is at the heart of this popular restaurant in the center of Lewes. Menus...Read More

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