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. 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

  • 2. Riddle & Finns at the Lanes

    $$$ | Seafood

    White tiles, bare metal tables, and sparkling chandeliers set the tone as soon as you walk through the door of this casually elegant restaurant...Read More

  • 3. Sundial

    $$$$ | French

    A 17th-century brick farmhouse with wood-beamed ceilings and lovely views of the South Downs is home to an excellent Modern French restaurant...Read More

  • 4. Thackeray's

    $$$$ | French

    Once the home of Victorian novelist William Makepeace Thackeray, this mid-17th-century tile-hung house is now an elegant restaurant known for...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. The Town House

    $$$$ | British

    This small but elegant restaurant in a beautifully converted Regency town house (look above you—the dining room ceiling is quite something)...Read More

  • 7. Webbes at the Fish Café

    $$ | Seafood

    One of Rye's most popular restaurants, where most of the seafood is caught nearby, occupies a brick building that dates to 1907, but the interior...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Loch Fyne

    $$ | Seafood

    Tucked away in one of Guildford's older buildings, this cleanly designed seafood restaurant has whitewashed walls and a casual atmosphere. Loch...Read More

  • 17. 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

  • 18. 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

  • 19. 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

  • 20. Purchases

    $$$ | British

    This excellent bistro is popular with locals for a special-occasion dinner and with the pretheater crowd, who enjoy the fixed-price early-bird...Read More

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