The best seafood restaurants in the East of England 2018

If you fancy something fishy, but don’t know where to go, you’re in luck, as we have found some of the best seafood restaurants in the area for you to try! Whether you’re after a fine-dining experience or want some authenticity in a traditional seafood shack, we have got you covered!

Norfolk

A bowl of fresh cooked langoustine with a slice of lemon on the side
A bowl of langoustine

Wells Crab House

38-40 Freeman St, Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1BA

Tel: 01328 710456 | wellscrabhouse.co.uk

Wells Crab House offers beautiful, locally sourced food in an intimate and informal setting. The menu consists mainly of seafood, with five different platters to choose from, as well as a number of other dishes. If you prefer a meatier meal, the restaurant has a range of options  sourced from the local butcher. Vegetarian options are also available to ensure every taste is catered for. 

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Rocky Bottoms

Cromer Road, West Runton, Cromer NR27 9QA

Tel: 01263 837359 | www.rockybottoms.co.uk

Sit outside and enjoy the panoramic coastal view whilst you indulge in fresh, simple and local food, or pick something up from the seafood counter to takeaway. The family-run restaurant has a chilled and casual atmosphere, perfect to bring along your friends, family and furry-friends, who are welcome on leads outside and in the Anna Gail room. The lobsters and crabs are caught and prepared by the owners themselves, ready to be served in the restaurant, it doesn’t get much fresher than that!

Lock Fyne Seafood and Grill

30-32B Saint Giles Street, Norwich NR2 1LL

Tel: 01603 723450 |  www.lochfyneseafoodandgrill.co.uk

You don’t have to head to the coast for great fish, there’s some great city haunts too. Discover the finest quality oysters, mussels, shellfish and Scottish salmon at Loch Fyne Seafood and Grill. The extensive menu has something for everyone, from a pan-fried hake fillet to a chargrilled beef burger, you definitively won’t be going hungry! The restaurant also has a specialised vegan menu, as well as a reasonably priced set lunch and dinner menu.

The Moorings

High Street, Blakeney, Norfolk, NR25 7NA

Tel: 01263 740 054 | www.blakeney-moorings.co.uk

Admire the scenic views of the harbour, whilst you indulge in locally sourced fish and shellfish, which have often been bought in straight from the boats. The fresh vegetables, salad and herbs have been grown in their very own veg garden. Don’t forget to leave room for dessert which have also been freshly made, we have heard that the lemon tart is to die for!

Bure River Cottage Restaurant

27 Lower St, Horning, Norwich NR12 8AA

Tel: 01692 631421 | www.burerivercottagerestaurant.co.uk,

Located in the picturesque village of Horning on the Norfolk Broads, Bure River Cottage Restaurant is just a short walk away from the river and public moorings, making is easily accessible for those on boats, as well as providing beautiful views in a peaceful setting. The solely seafood restaurant serves up the freshest fish, supplied locally from Norfolk and Suffolk, with the menu changing daily, as well as an extensive wine list.  All food is produced on-site including home-made breads and desserts.

 

Suffolk

Portrait of fisherman Dean Fryer at Aldeburgh, Suffolk.
Portrait of fisherman Dean Fryer at Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Credit Visit Suffolk / Rod Edwards

Butley Orford Oysterage

Market Hill, Orford, Suffolk IP12 2LH

Tel: 01394 450277 |  www.pinneysoforford.co.uk/the-restaurant

Butley Orford Oysterage has a relaxed and informal atmosphere, with marble cafe tables, metal framed chairs and chalked up specials, giving the restaurant an authentic feel. The fish is caught locally and cold smoked in the traditional way to give it a beautiful depth of flavour and a delicate texture, and the oysters are grown by the owners themselves. The restaurant may be simple and uncomplicated, but it’s the great oysters, smoked delicacies, fresh local fish and shellfish that will keep you coming back again and again!

A wooden sign in the shape of a flat fish. Text reads: 'Fresh fish for sale'

Ash Smoked Fishes

Crag Path, Aldeburgh IP15 5BT | www.facebook.com/aldeburghsmokehouse/

Ash Smoked Fishes is a traditional seafood shed situated on the seafront in Aldeburgh. The produce is smoked in their very own shack and the menu offers a range of different options from trout and spinach filo pies to smoked fish, prawns and pate and tarts. Eat outside at one of the three tables or get your food to take out and find your own spot along the beach!

Regatta Restaurant

171 High Street IP15 5AN

Tel: 01728 452011 |  www.regattaaldeburgh.com/index.php/latest-news

Situated in the heart of Aldeburgh, this family-run seafood restaurant aims to serve honest, unfussy and seasonal dishes in a friendly manner. Head-chef Robert, trained at the Connaught Hotel and La Gavroche in London before heading back to his roots in East Anglia to open his very own restaurant. The menu has a range of seafood options with the fish being smoked in their very own smoke house, as well as traditional British favourites and some vegetarian options.

A chef cutting fresh fish on a chopping board in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Credit Visit Suffolk
Cutting fresh fish, Aldeburgh, Suffolk.

The Third Crossing

Haven Marina, School Road, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft NR33 9NB

Tel: 01502 583596 |  www.thethirdcrossing.co.uk

Sit back and relax opposite the picturesque Haven marina in Oulton Broad, whilst you enjoy quality seafood, sourced from local suppliers. The restaurant offers many fresh fish dishes from the luxury fish pie to oven baked cod in a chilli and chorizo butter. If you prefer, some meaty options are also available, including burgers and steaks, as well as some vegetarian options to ensure that there’s something for everyone.

 

Essex

A tray of mussels and wine
A slate board of mussels and wine

Fisherman’s Wharf

Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE

Tel: 01702 346773 |  fishermanswharfsouthend.co.uk

Fisherman’s Wharf is a family ran business on Southend seafront. The restaurant is positioned allowing you to overlook the beautiful estuary views and outlooks. The extensive menu includes fresh fish, lobster and other shellfish, including the well-known fish and chips. There is also an excellent choice of grills, steaks and vegetarian dishes available.

The Company Shed

Blackboard at Mersea Island's Company Shed restaurant.
Blackboard at Mersea Island’s Company Shed restaurant

129 Coast Rd, West Mersea, Colchester CO5 8PA

Tel: 01206 382700 |  www.thecompanyshed.co

The Company Shed is a family ran business which opened in 1980s, selling fish from local boat, and the world-renowned oysters that they produce themselves out of the shed’s window. Now, this internationally recognised seafood shack has been praised by well-known chefs such as Rick Stein, and we can see why! The no-frills restaurant offers an authentic experience, right next to the boatyard which only adds to the character. Bring along your own wine and bread and devour one of the delicious seafood dishes.

Alec’s Restaurant

Navestock Side, Brentwood CM14 5SD

Tel: 01277 375696 | alecsrestaurant.co.uk

From coast to country, Alec’s Restaurant offers a fine dining experience offering quality ingredients and excellent service. The restaurant has been established as one of the leading fish restaurants in Essex, attracting visitors from far and wide. Sip on a cocktail in the comfortable lounge or bar area, before taking a seat in the elegant main dining room. Dine alfresco in the outdoor seating area or inside looking out across the countryside through the glass wall. The menu offers a range of seafood dishes, as well as some meaty options.

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