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Coastguard

4.4
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314 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.

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 314 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.4
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.3
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DavidB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful village pub that still absolutely has the mojo!

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annie
Essex
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 3 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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 3 days ago

Thank you. We look forward to seeing you again!

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BeverlyH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Good friendly service, not intrusive, food good quality.

Coastguard
Responded 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Just a lovely impromptu lunch with good food and service.

Coastguard
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you!

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AlexaM
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The seafood platter was fab! Great food, lovely staff, fantastic location. Faultless!

Coastguard
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you! Hope to see you again soon.

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AlanB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

A very pleasant Sunday lunch, we'll visit the Coastguard again.

Coastguard
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you! We can't wait for you to visit again.

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S1990
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hosts and service were really friendly and the view was fab! Great breakfast with great company

Coastguard
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you!

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JessicaY
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful time the coastguard. We hadn't been before but followed a recommendation from a friend and were really pleased that we did. Such a wonderful place. Beautiful views and the food and service were just as good. Everyone was really friendly and they had a good setup for covid. We'll definitely be back!

Coastguard
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for your great review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit and are delighted that you will be back! See you soon.

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shirleyy
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great personal friendly service with well cooked and presented food. Try the fish platter to share as a starter

Coastguard
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for your review and recommendation, we love our fish platter too!

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Jewels
London
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food in a lovely pub on the beach. Staff were friendly.

Coastguard
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for your review & recommendation!

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RichardH
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Very enjoyable meal. However, the wine brought and opened was not the one we ordered. The correct wine was found but we were not offered to taste, just poured out! We ordered a side dish which was obviously forgotten but was brought mid meal. Altogether an enjoyable meal slightly marred by an extremely noisy small child on the next table.

Coastguard
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for your recommendation. We are really sorry about the error with your wine and also the side dish We hope that you will come back and give us another try.

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DarrenS
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Really nice food staff were friendly good choice on the menu

Coastguard
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you!

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PennyH
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Unfortunately by 4.30, the menu choice was limited for a late Sunday lunch. We had a good welcome but the table service was a bit slow. An enjoyable meal.

Coastguard
Responded on 17 September 2020

Thank you for your review. Sorry the menu choice was limited on your visit and that the service was a bit slow. We will pass this on to the team and also discuss with the kitchen team the issues around the menu being limited at that time on a Sunday. Once again we are sorry, but hope you will come back and visit us again.

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PamS
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Very Covid safe with sensible spacing
Great table with good view
We weren’t rushed to order or eat.
Food quite expensive but tasty
Could have done with quieter background music but we are pensioners!

Coastguard
Responded on 17 September 2020

Thank you for your review, glad you enjoyed your visit, hopefully see you again soon.

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HG187
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Amazing setting with lovely food and very friendly and attentive staff. Staff are really good with hygiene and social distancing (e.g. wiping down the table and the chairs after each party), very impressed.

Coastguard
Responded on 17 September 2020

Thank you

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Vicky
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly staff, welcoming atmosphere and fantastic location... with great food. Can’t wait to go again.

Coastguard
Responded on 17 September 2020

Thank you! We can't wait to see you again.

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Graeme
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

What was great was the attitude of the staff. They were really nice and natural; nothing was too much trouble. Food was good and our kids were made a fuss of (which we all love!). The cleaning regime was obvious which was great given the current situation. Great job!

Coastguard
Responded on 17 September 2020

Thank you for your review and recommendation. The team will be delighted to read it. Thank you

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KayD
Kent
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely evening with friends. Great service. The waitress was very nice. She was helpful, fun and friendly. The food was delicious. Highly recommend.

Coastguard
Responded on 17 September 2020

Thank you for your review and recommendation! We hope to see you again.

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Favouriteplace
Newcastle
6 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

Good service and attentive staff from meet and greet to leaving. Food was ok, nothing remarkably great about it but nothing bad about it either. Quiet inside ( outside seemed busier) but good spacing between customers and a friendly approach Gives it an overall 4 stars

Coastguard
Responded on 17 September 2020

Thank you for your review. You are right especially over the summer we are definitely busier outside! Thank you for the 4 stars, we hope to see you again.

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JasonA
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing time will definitely book again soon, wRm and always friendly

Coastguard
Responded on 17 September 2020

Thank you! Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

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AliceC
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food was really good, stunning views of the seaside and cliffs. We had an enjoyable experience.

Coastguard
Responded on 10 September 2020

Thank you!

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jamesy
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favourite place to chill. Highly recommended!!!

Coastguard
Responded on 10 September 2020

Thank you for your review and recommendation!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Class experience

Coastguard
Responded on 10 September 2020

Thank you!

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RobertA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Good food and range of beers and outstanding location and very good service. Will definitely revisit.

Coastguard
Responded on 10 September 2020

Thank you! Looking forward to seeing you again.

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Panda
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and a lovely choice of courses. Thoughtful and interesting menu (gluten options too) with mix of veggie, meat and fish. Brilliant staff, very friendly and can do.

Coastguard
Responded on 10 September 2020

Thank you so much for such a great review. Hope to see you again soon.

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BerylB1
London
5 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ideal setting. Very pleasant staff and well organised for social distancing. Food was excellent. Two of our party had the fish and chips and said it was the best they had eaten anywhere. Very reasonable price.

Coastguard
Responded on 10 September 2020

Thank you for your review! So pleased you loved our fish and chips!

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AmandaB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friend and I enjoyed fish and chips by the sea in the nearest pub to France. The young staff were attentive and jolly. I would not hesitate to recommend.

Coastguard
Responded on 7 September 2020

Thank you so much for the recommendation. We hope to see you again soon.

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JaneyS
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience1

We had a sea food platter to share between 2 of us as a starter. There were 3 pieces of bread and 3 prawns with an extra head. Hardly ideal to share equally! Mackerel, smoked salmon and prawns were OK. No finger bowl provided for the prawns.

My husband had fish and chips which were fine.

I had a steak which was impossible to cut! It was replaced with another steak which was also difficult to cut although 2nd time around I was given a steak knife. Both steaks were awful. You need to change your butcher.

The staff were friendly and helpful but there was no atmosphere inside the pub. We left early.

Coastguard
Responded on 7 September 2020

Thank you for reviewing us. We are so sorry you were disappointed. The comments on the seafood platter have been taken on board and this has been changed. We had the same comment from someone else around the same time. Thank you for making us aware. Sorry to hear about your steak, this is not usual for us, our steak is normally very well received. We will certainly discuss it with our butcher. And apologies about the steak knife, this should obviously have been given to you at the start!

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Girl
Kent
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food and the staff were very friendly and attentive. Would definitely go again.

Coastguard
Responded on 7 September 2020

Thank you!

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LouiseK
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Good coastal pub, food tasty but could do with a few more vegetarian options, staff very attentive - and well set up for covid 19. Would recommend it1

Coastguard
Responded on 7 September 2020

Thank you for your review and recommendation. Will pass on the vegetarian suggestions to our head chef. He is currently planning our Autumn menu, so this feedback will be very useful. Thank you

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StevenC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Went there for breakfast would highly recommend.
The staff were great pleasant and polite and attentive.
Food was good and great value.

Coastguard
Responded on 7 September 2020

Thank you for your review and recommendation. Hope to see you again.

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FrancescaA
Kent
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing ocean front views. Excellent costumer service staff were super friendly & attentive. Fresh food & clean restaurant could not ask for more really.

Coastguard
Responded on 7 September 2020

What a great review. Thank you so much.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

The effort to operate under guidelines has had an affect, service was perfunctory, don't even try to see a drinks menu, wines are reeled off at you without prices, probably best to stick to house wine by the glass!

Coastguard
Responded on 7 September 2020

Thank you for reviewing us. Sorry to read about how you found the service. We should be printing the wine list on the back of our menus, we will check why this was not the case on your visit recently. Once again, we are very sorry.

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