Occupying a prime position on the clifftop at Milford on Sea, with views stretching over to The Needles, this relaxed eatery boasts a hearty bill of fare served up in glorious surrounds. The building itself is no less impressive; the grand entrance and 19th-century features were retained when Hall & Woodhouse expertly restored The Beach House in 2014. Adding to the charm, resident cat Sir Lancelot can often be found lounging in a warm spot.
We started with a seafood plate and polished off every crumb of the delicious whitebait, lightly dusted calamari, prawn and avocado cocktail and crab mayonnaise. I was in the mood for real comfort food and chose a hearty vegan falafel burger in toasted focaccia to follow. My partner opted for the smoked haddock fishcakes accompanied by flavoursome Provençale sauce, which was equally delicious. We rounded things off with chocolate brownie, the perfect treat for those with a sweet-tooth. Heavenly chocolate sauce was served over a warm, fudgey brownie, while a scoop of Devonshire cream ice cream cut through the rich chocolate perfectly. Steeped in history, this is the perfect spot for a tasty meal and refreshing drinks, followed by a sunny stroll on the seafront. With a sunroom and sea-facing terrace also on offer, I can’t wait to return for a summertime lunch to admire the sea views reaching as far as the Isle of Wight. The Beach House also offers accommodation for those looking for an idyllic weekend away.