Littlehampton is a town worth visiting and not least for the excellent meals you get at the East Beach Café, with its architect-designed rusty shell right on the promenade. Across the Arun river they have opened a small offshoot, the West Beach Café, a fish and chip shop in a box designed by Asif Khan, a young architect, so that the blue front wall can be opened up when the weather is good enough. The seating is basic wooden benches. The menu is also basic. At the counter you can order Items such as battered fish, battered squid; breaded scampi which sell at £6-£7; battered sausage £1.50; chips £2-£3. There was no fresh fish when we went there and the food tasted OK but it was greasy. It was hard to believe that this was an offshoot of its attractive sister to the East.
The good news is that the location beside the river mouth is pleasant, by a car park but next to attractive sand dunes and an old fort. When the tide goes out there’s a big beach. They have recently opened a ferry across the river to town (the service runs approximately every 30 minutes and costs £1 each way) and if you are hungry after a walk along one of the last stretches of undeveloped Sussex shoreline, this will satisfy your appetite. Good food it isn’t but maybe it doesn’t intend to be (though they could improve the quality). Certainly worth a look if you are passing by.
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