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Coastguard

4.4
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344 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
Welcome to The Coastguard, we are located on the bay of St Margarets, with a beautiful view of France surrounded by the White Cliffs. The Coastguard offers a cosy and warm atmosphere with a roaring fire, complete with stunning views and delicious food.

Dogs are very welcome in our bar area & outside.

Please note the seating in the bar is limited so please do call ahead if you wish to eat inside and bring your dog.

By reading this message, you are agreeing to our terms and reservation policy: for parties of 12 or more, private room bookings, or special menu bookings (such as Christmas, Mother’s day, etc, we will take your credit card details to confirm the booking. Nothing will be charged to your card initially, however in the event of a cancellation within 72 hours we reserve the right to charge 50% of the menu price, and within 24 hours or for a ‘no show’ the full price to your card.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 344 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.4
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4.3
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4.3
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EileenK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

lovely setting and while we were there on a miserable October day we still had great views, staff friendly and service great, Sunday roast was very nice

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BrBo
London
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We were shown to a table in a tiny, stuffy room packed full of guests, and I instantly requested a different table, which we only got by being willing to walk away. I know the new rules are hard to follow, but still..We were told that it would mess up the plan for other bookings so I offered that we’d be quick - still had to wave and call over the reluctant staff to just get a menu. Once the food got there, it was good - fresh and plentiful. But the mood wasn’t great and we could hear the staff arguing. So all in all a gorgeous spot, a wonderful view and good food - spoilt by mediocre management and sullen staff.

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emilys
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely meal here on Saturday evening with my grandparents! The staff was lovely and the food was yummy!

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AndrewL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Coastguard was a perfect place for my family with teenagers. Good food and friendly staff.

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ChrisN
Kent
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Well done on the Coastguards Covid security measures.

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franM
London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was our second recent visit for lunch. Much quieter than before as it was a Friday. The high standards of safety and care of all staff members impressed us greatly. Felt very comfortable eating inside and we were served by a very friendly member of staff who made us very welcomed. Enjoyed a simple one course lunch with drinks at a reasonable price. Thanks to all.

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GRAHAMB
London
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

As usual food was wonderful. Home made onion rings huge and the best ever. Great value.

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MelV
Kent
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

There was a mixture of different people booked and not outside the restaurant. The staff handled them well even though some were rude.

I have a terminal health problem and can be slow but the staff were helpful over seating and patient with the ordering and time taken over meal. We didn’t feel pushed.

Food was lovely- we stuck to the roast and we all had a traditional pudding.....
I haven’t been to the coastguard since I was a child and we will definately be back. Thank you for your hospitality....

Only issue if I had to be picky was severe lack of parking.....disability?

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MarionG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great service as always at the Coastguard. Food to good value.

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CarolW
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly and great atmosphere. Food was excellent. We will return, recommended.

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Indy7
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Coastguard is cosy and atmospheric with fantastic views of the English Channel. Food is great and service is excellent. They are very well organised and prepared against Covid - allowing you to relax and enjoy your time there.

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HughM
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place in a lovely location. Staff were busy but made time to ensure it was a nice experience as well as doing all the Covid stuff. Food very good.

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ruthl
Kent
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food, well presented and good value, although my dessert was missing its sauce due to chef not having time to make it!

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SimoneA
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so impressed with the service. We were taken to one seat which was nice enough and my other half asked which seat id like to sit in to see the veiw. Instantly the lovely gent who was seating us took us upstairs to a table with panoramic views out to sea. So happy #treatedlikeroyalty

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jamess
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Expensive Sunday dinner, lack of veg, I was a bit disappointed, felt hungry when I got home

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JaneT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A special location on a sunny Sunday!
Delicious food, especially the sea bream. Good service. Busy, but a nice ambiance. Thank you!

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Noodle
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pub on the shore at St Margaret's Bay, French phone signal, short but comprehensive menu, well-cooked food with Shepherd Neame seasonal ale, Late Red, what's not to like? Service was attentive, especially wrt Covid precautions, and the welcome was warm and friendly.

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DAVIDN
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Spectacular setting, great service, dog friendly and above average food

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Richard
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Great food, good views, Covid secure. Waitresses interrupted meal 6 times to ask “is everything ok with your meal”...Not a good thing!

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Tommy
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pork Belly we had was excellently melting in mouth with a pair of chopstick shape of pork crackling which was also perfect. Service was also friendly and provided with kindness. The both Chocolate pudding and Panna cotta were really great, but I must say Panna cotta was a winner, sorry chocolate pudding! The sea view from the window was beautiful and it was like being on holiday in October. Thank you.

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GRAHAMB
London
7 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We used to eat here some years ago but it went downhill when it changed hands from being family run. We often drive from Maidstone to eat at 18 Beach Street in Deal and were delighted to learn that the owners of 81 Beach Street had taken over The Coastguards - and we were not dissapointed!!! We had requested a window table as the views over the channel are so good. We were met by the Assistant Manager Ben who along with all the staff was brilliant ! All of them were happy, polite, efficient and attentive and nothing too much trouble. As we had requestaed we had a great table in the small upstairs room. The restaurant was spotleesly clean with careful social distancing and plenty of opportunities to hand sanitise. The menu was, as expected limited compared with 81 Beach Street but under the current situation we had expected that. However, all that we had was beautifully presented, well cooked, full of flavour and like 81 Beach Street exceptional value for money. To sum up worth the 90 mile round trip and we will be back !!!!

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IanC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My son and I visited here last year when we were on holiday nearby, the return visit speaks for itself!

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StuartS
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Given the climate of COVID restrictions, they have a very well organised set-up and I felt very safe being there. The service was perfect, there when you wanted it and not when you do not need it. Food was lovely! make sure you save room for pudding, although the starter was great, and so was main course . . .Ummmm.
The views across the channel to France were amazing. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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TeresaS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Limited menu but very friendly and helpful service

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dinnersonme
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Well organized and good food . Nice seating outside with great views

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IanB
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, friendly and helpful staff. Will definitely return.

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LiamMassey
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came with my family one of the best meals I've ever had without a doubt will recommend it reasonable priced drinks and food 100% value for money

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Shorty60
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our visit. The food was excellent and the staff charming and helpful.

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PeterS
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Such a great location you can't go wrong. The service was friendly and efficient and the fish and chips as good as ever.

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WendyR
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Friendly pub in lovely setting.
Food good and plenty of it on main course.
We were seated upstairs- felt it needed a bit of a refurb but could be they have plans Covid situation permitting.
Down stairs cosy and friendly.
Staff attentive and chatty.
Local to us so will definitely visit again

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DavidB
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful village pub that still absolutely has the mojo!

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annie
Essex
12 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Amazing place right on the sea, nice breakfast including the one for vegetarians, very friendly staff and Covid safe.

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ClareU
Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We were really well looked after by friendly staff. Good portion sizes. Unfortunately there were no chunky chips which were advertised with the cod in the menu. We didn't mind having skinny fries but they were overcooked and extremely crunchy which was disappointing. The batter on the fish was also a bit too salty, but the cod itself tasted very fresh and was cooked beautifully. The ambience was nice but the music was a little too loud so my husband and I couldn't always hear each other speak unless we spoke loudly over the music and raucous table next to us. However, overall it was a pleasant evening.

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franM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very friendly welcome and clear instructions on dining under the present circumstances. We were seated upstairs with a nice sea view. Basic dining and did have to wait a while until drinks were served but food followed shortly afterwards. We enjoyed our visit.

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JohnG
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food was really nice, high standard pub/restaurant type menu. Service was friendly and helpful.

I think we were a tad unfortunate with our table situation as we were right next to the ladies toilet and the till, so we were always in the centre of all activity, which meant that it wasn't the most relaxing experience and could get a bit noisy. We did get the last available lunch time booking so I would book early in future.

Otherwise I can't fault the restaurant in general, the staff or the food. I would definitely recommend and visit again.

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Johnf
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The coastguard is a pub and restaurant but the food is superior to most pub offerings. Each dish adds something slightly out of the ordinary to a traditional dish which makes it a nice surprise.

Coastguard
Responded on 28 September 2020

What a great review. Thank you. The kitchen team will love this!

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very good experience and Covid secure. A good selection of food and our choices were tasty and well presented. We look forward to a return visit.

Coastguard
Responded on 28 September 2020

Thank you. We look forward to seeing you again!

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Indy7
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good friendly service, not intrusive, food good quality.

Coastguard
Responded on 28 September 2020

Thank you for the review and recommendation!

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PhilipB
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Well organised reception, willing and pleasant staff. Great views across the Straights of Dover!

Coastguard
Responded on 28 September 2020

Thank you!

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JeanH
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were on holiday in St Margaret's and booked a table at the Coastguard for dinner. We were met by a very pleasant member of staff who showed us to our table and introduced our waitress, who was very bubbly and friendly. My husband had the steak and ale pie, which was a special of the day, he said the pastry was exceptional, and it looked amazing. I had the curry chicken Kiev, which I was a bit dubious about, but there was no need, it was also amazing, thoroughly enjoyed it. We finished off with a white chocolate cheesecake with home made ice cream, OMG, fabulous.
Cannot recommend The Coastguard enough, it was all social distanced and very professional in a friendly way.

FAQs

Coastguard is rated 4.4 stars by 344 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.