Maxine Briggs explores the delights of the south coast at the Crab and Lobster, West Sussex
Set on the shores of Pagham Harbour and the RSPB reserve, the 16th century Crab and Lobster is a lovely hidden hideaway where you can hunker down for a long cosy weekend.
With a nod to its coastal heritage, the flagstoned and beamed restaurant and its modern British menu offer a fine range of locally-caught fish and crustaceans.
On our visit we indulged ourselves with wonderful cod, turbot, John Dory, skate, mussels, scallops and, of course, Selsey Crab. With the quality of the food and friendly, unfussy service, it’s not surprising that diners are prepared to travel a distance to enjoy the snug ambience. Outside there is a peaceful garden terrace and views across tranquil grasslands that have not changed in centuries.
It’s only a few miles to Chichester, but it’s a shame to miss the big sky dusk and dawn over the marshlands, so try to bag one of the four homey rooms that sit above the restaurant, with their coaching inn look and feel. There’s also a self-contained cottage with kitchen next door, and if you stay the night, it’s a great starting point to discover this nook of West Sussex.
A 10-minute walk and you’re at the internationally renowned Pagham Harbour RSPB reserve. Look out for godwits, geese, terns and egrets. A little further around the coast is the beautiful beach at West Wittering – with a great stretch of sand to top up the tan!
From £185 for a night’s stay for two at the Crab and Lobster on B&B basis. Visit crab-lobster.co.uk or call 01243 641233.