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Where to Eat in Eastbourne - Gourmet Vegetarian Food, Casual Trattorias, and Quirky Cafés

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You can fuel up for a day at the beach at one of Eastbourne's cozy cafés, which serve everything from traditional full English breakfasts to simple plates of fresh scones with strong tea. The city's increasingly sophisticated food scene offers plenty of choice for lunch and supper, from Thai curries to creative vegetarian dishes.

Typical dishes


Fish and chips with mushy peas is a staple comfort food in Eastbourne. Traditional cream tea is an afternoon treat of scones, clotted cream, and jam served with Earl Grey or another classic tea blend.

Classic Italian dining


Eastbourne has several Italian restaurants, including Anema e Core, a laid-back trattoria for pasta dishes like gnocchi alla sorrentina - potato dumplings served with tomato, basil, and mozzarella. Or you can try one of their Neapolitan-style pizzas. A 5-minute walk away is La Locanda Del Duca, which serves pizza, pasta, and traditionally made desserts. Risotto agli asparagi e gamberi is made with king prawns and fresh asparagus. You can finish with torta al cioccolato, a rich chocolate fudge cake served with vanilla ice cream.


  • Anema e Core, 18 Seaside Road, Eastbourne BN21 3PA; Tel: +44 1323 325320; Website: Anema e Core

  • La Locanda Del Duca, 26 Cornfield Terrace, Eastbourne BN21 4NS; Tel: +44 1323 737177; Website: La Locanda Del Duca


Vegetarian-friendly cuisine


You can enjoy vegetarian food in Eastbourne at places like The Green Almond, which serves a lunch buffet Tuesday to Saturday. The evening menu is more elaborate, incorporating ingredients like quinoa and creative dishes like artichoke strudel in a white wine sauce. Miss Walls Back Garden specializes in natural, fresh cuisine served in a bright, stylish atmosphere. The menu changes regularly, but you can expect to find dishes like blueberry pancakes, halloumi sandwiches, and vegetarian chili.


  • The Green Almond, 12 Compton Street, Eastbourne BN21 4EJ; Tel: +44 1323 734470; Website: The Green Almond

  • Miss Walls Back Garden, 52 Grove Road, Eastbourne BN21 4UD; Tel: +44 7866 524354; Website: Miss Walls Back Garden


Eastbourne's Thai restaurants


A 10-minute drive from Eastbourne city centre, Thai Terre offers a diverse menu of classic meat and vegetarian dishes. You can try massaman curry with coconut milk, potatoes, and shallots in a creamy sauce. Or pad thai noodles made with tamarind sauce. At Thai Brasserie, spicy, hot, and sour tom yum soup can be followed by a stir-fry - or a chef's specialty like duck cooked in honey sauce and garnished with cashew nuts.


  • Thai Terre, Upper Street, East Dean, Eastbourne BN20 0BY; Tel: +44 1323 423956; Website: Thai Terre

  • Thai Brasserie, Station Roundabout, Eastbourne BN21 1BD; Tel: +44 1323 643889; Website: Thai Brasserie


Cozy cafés


Eastbourne is ideal for enjoying coffee and a cake before heading to the beach. Neates Cakery specializes in cream tea, chocolate fudge cake, and almond croissants. A 5-minute walk from there, Jasper Wood offers blended coffee drinks, including hazelnut lattes, mochas, and americanos. It also serves traditional sandwiches, freshly baked scones, and more in a quirky space full of fascinating curios.


  • Neates Cakery, 214 Terminus Road, Eastbourne BN21 3DF; Tel: +44 1323 729001; Website: Neates Cakery

  • Jasper Wood, 19 Cornfield Terrace, Eastbourne BN21 4NS; Tel: +44 1323 431499; Website: Jasper Wood