Best Beach Cafés Handy for Luxury Family Hotels
There’s nothing like a crab sandwich and/or a cream tea overlooking the shimmering sand to get you well and truly into the summer holiday spirit. As the sun finally shows its face, we share our favourite beach cafés handy for our seaside hotels in Cornwall and Dorset – all of them, naturally, very family friendly.
Crab House Café, Wyke Regis
Five miles from Moonfleet Manor Hotel, this chic seaside hut with its Hawaiian-style hot-pink parasols is the place to dig your toes into the sand beneath your table as you tuck into spanking-fresh seafood from an ambitious modern global menu. There’s children’s fish and chips for those who prefer something familiar, but Oysters Italiano (with pesto and Parmesan) may encourage junior diners to expand their culinary horizons.
Hive Beach Café, Burton Bradstock
Within 15 miles of Moonfleet Manor, this lovely spot on the Jurassic Coast offers innovative fresh seafood dishes (such as sea bass with a warm crayfish, cucumber and pea salad and tarragon butter) and kids' fish or sausage and chip – or else simple sandwiches, coffee and cakes – alongside stunning views across Lyme Bay and Chesil Beach from its decked terrace.
Talland Bay Beach Café, Looe
This stylish and airy pastel-painted café – 9 miles from the Fowey Hall Hotel via the Bodinnick to Fowey car ferry – has both indoor and outdoor seating for enjoying its cream teas, paninis, children’s sandwiches, fresh-baked pasties, cakes, Roskilly’s ice cream and Cornish-roasted coffee.
Kynance Café, Helston
This cosy solar-powered spot is perched above the Kynance Cove AONB seven miles from the Polurrian Bay House Hotel. Owned by the National Trust, it’s an idyllic spot for Cornish pasties, fresh crab sandwiches, home-baked cakes, cream teas and local Callestick ice cream.
Swanpool Beach Cafe, Falmouth
A low-key, no-frills spot on a lovely family beach on the town outskirts, 17 miles from the Polurrian Bay Hotel, this excellent café offers the likes of home-made soups and toasted ciabattas but is most famous for its quirky Cornish ice creams with toppings ranging from Jelly Babies to dark-chocolate-coated preserved ginger. Guests can borrow ponchos to warm up after a sea dip. The beach itself is a lively place for a day out, with a kids' watersports club, family kayak hire, mini-golf and more.
The Hidden Hut, Porthcurnick Beach (pictured)
This rustic wooden shed with its outside tables and BYOB policy, 23 miles from Fowey Hall Hotel and 38 miles from the Polurrian Bay Hotel, is the place to bring the kids for changing lunch specials, home-made cakes and Roskilly’s ice cream, including a bespoke flavour (espresso martini!). Check out the pop-up feast nights in the summer months.
Image credit: Hidden Hut, Porthcurnick.