The Best Seafood Shack in East Anglia

They might be rough around the edges, but that’s what makes these seafood shacks and sheds so great. With sun kissed skin and salty hair finish your day at the beach with a bite to eat at one of these pit stops…

Cookies Crab Shop

Salthouse, NR25 7AJ | 01263 740352

Overlooking the pebbly shores of Salthouse, Cookies is a North Norfolk favourite. The counter is a simple set up offering a variety of seafood, smoked fish and sharing platters. Takeaway, dine in the hut next door or eat al fresco. You can even bring your own wine. It gets busy during the summer so call ahead to reserve a table or order your crab or lobster – they generally sell out!

The Crab Hut

Harbour Way, Brancaster Staithe, PE31 8BW | 01485 525369

Don’t leave Brancaster without trying a crab filled baguette from this little shack! It doesn’t get much fresher than this – the owner catches lobster, crab and more from their boat, Speedwell, out of Brancaster Staithe. Pre-order your baguette with a filling of your choice for the perfect beach picnic.


Portrait of fisherman Dean Fryer at Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Credit: Visit Suffolk

Ash Smoked Fishes

Crag Path, Aldeburgh IP15 5BT

The black shed with its chalkboard menus has become somewhat of a landmark on the Aldeburgh seafront. Enjoy the likes of haddock, eel, salmon, tuna, mackerel and more, freshly smoked, for a tasty lunch sat on a picnic bench on the beach.

Pinney’s of Orford

Shop: The Old Warehouse, Quay St, Orford, P12 2NU | 01394 459183 

Restaurant: Butley Orford Oysterage, Market Hill, Orford, IP12 2LH | 01394 450277 

It’s the lure of Pinney’s fresh catch from the North Sea and their rustic charm that captivates visitors to Orford. This little Suffolk town serves up some of the county’s best produce. Pinney’s oysters have been farmed at Butley Creek since 1959, and the traditional smokehouse supplies freshly smoked fish. Pick up food on the go at their shop on the Quay or book a table in the simplistic restaurant on Market Hill for a hot and smoky lunch with a side of oysters!

Leigh on Sea

Osborne Bros

Billet Wharf, High Street, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 2ER |  01702 477233

One of Essex’s oldest seafood suppliers, Osborne Bros has been serving their fresh catch since the 1880s. You’ll find them in Old Leigh on Cockle Shed Row. Slide into one of the picnic benches or choose a spot on the wall overlooking the estuary, and tuck into freshly caught shell fish such as cockles, mussels, whelks, winkles, prawns and more. Wash it down with a glass of wine from the Crooked Billet pub opposite. During the summer and on sunny winter days this place is heaving, so be prepared to wait…we promise it’s worth it!

The Company Shed

129 Coast Rd, West Mersea, Colchester CO5 8PA | 01206 382700

The no thrills concept is what makes this seafood shed so popular. Serving up fresh local seafood, diners are encouraged to bring their own wine and  bread for a tasty lunch. However during the summer months you can expect a two hour wait after midday. If you hate queues pick up a selection of seafood to take away and find a little sandy spot further up the coast.


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