Coastguard

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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.
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4.2
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RG
Kent
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Fast efficient and friendly service.
It was quite busy but we were well attended too. All staff were brilliant

T
Kent
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Lovely location, great little pub! We really enjoyed our meal!

IP
Norfolk
5 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Up to its usual high standard, it’s a fair drive for us to get there but well worth the mileage

LW
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our roast dinner was delicious,the service was great and the staff very friendly I would definitely come back here again.

P
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely venue by the sea with spectacular views. Food was lovely though they had run out of salmon. The tables were a bit cramped and we were close to the door but overall it was a fantastic lunch. Worth booking as it was still heaving at 1500

CF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience4

The food was very good as it on the last two occasions I visited but this time the service was very slow. I think there was a large group in the upstairs part of the restaurant which could explain the long esit we had for food although it did appear as soon as we reminded the waitress that we had been waiting a long time.

OT
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great staff great food great sea Vue and air
All the staff very friendly and very helpfull

L
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service and very friendly. Food was well presented and prompt. Atmosphere was excellent.

FW
Leicestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely meal, the best pies we’ve eaten for ages and the service was excellent. Shame it was dark, we’ll have to come back to see the view!

JA
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was top rate and service was friendly and very quick. Highly recommended and will be eating here again.

RS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food / Great service /Friendly staff / Fantastic view

Coastguard
Responded on 5 December 2019

Thank you for reviewing us! Hope to see you again soon.

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DP
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great place for food in a relaxing environment with stunning views, the foods not bad either

Coastguard
Responded on 2 December 2019

Thank you!

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c
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Took a party of 6 to the coastguards. 3 chose roast beef which unfortunately looked great but was very difficult to cut and to chew. We're all used to rare meat but not this tough. I had fish and chips which I believe were overpriced for, pleasant but not great fish and frozen chips, some of which were hard and not cooked. The rest of food was good and the service excellent. The chef agreed that the meat was not up to standard and offered free desserts for those affected. Really we would prefer to have a good meal. Better cutlery and quality of food required. Lovely setting and pleasant ambience.

Coastguard
Responded on 2 December 2019

Thank you for reviewing us. Once again we are very sorry about the beef and also very sorry you thought the fish & chips were over priced. All reviews are discussed with both the kitchen and front of house teams and your review was raised last week in our team meeting, and the points have all been noted and the teams are looking into them. I hope that you will revisit so we can make amends in some way for your disappointment. Kate & The Coastguard Team

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OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As soon as you walk in you’re greeted by a wonderful winter fire burning. Great staff and a great winter menu. Food was fantastic with perfectly cooked veg.
We’ll recommend

Coastguard
Responded on 2 December 2019

Thank you for your lovely review. Hope to see you again.

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S
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Reasons for my rating was.

Service was slow. Seamed under staffed. Got a table early which was good. My main course which was the beef. I could not cut it. I was not the only one peope next to us asked for steak knifes. I gave up with. My wife said the sea Bass was over cooked and dry. I would say to a friend it’s ok just pick carefully on the food as it’s not great. I’m not a complaining sort so if you hadn’t of asked I would have just left it and only have called in again for a coffee. Kr

Steve

Coastguard
Responded on 2 December 2019

Thank you for reviewing us. I am so sorry you had such a disappointing visit. We would like to offer you a return meal, on us, as the food and service you refer to is absolutely not what we are striving for and we would like the opportunity to show you that.... If you would like to come back please do send me an email at kate@beachstreet-restaurants.co.uk and I can organise booking you in. Many thanks Kate

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P
Kent
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very friendly staff and very helpfull, food outstanding and very tasty, would recommend this place to anyone.

HH
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We had a very nice meal. I myself and one of my sons had the Sunday roast and the rest of our party had burgers. The staff were very friendly and had a little suprise for the 15th birthday of one of my sons. He liked the special dessert with 'happy birthday' written on it. There was also live music.

KF
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Went there for my son and daughter in laws birthday. Waitress very pleasant, food was excellent thoroughly enjoyed the sea bass, will definitely be visiting again, thank you

m
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The setting is beautiful. Our meal was nice. There is room for easy improvements....the table was far too small for 3 people (and we overheard other people comment on the same thing). Toilets weren't exactly dirty but certainly looked liked they hadn't been checked in a while and could certainly have been in a better state very easily. Staff were very relaxed and friendly.

M
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Having visited with friends last year I wanted to share this with my wife, I was not disappointed, it was excellent.

MC
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

The Coastguard pub has a wonderful location, so close to the sea. Food was good, service very cheerful. The only downside was that the temperature inside the pub was quite low. We came in from a walk on the beach, it was windy and raining, and we were hoping to warm up inside, but it was cold.

NA
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a lovely family meal, lovely atmosphere, so easy to book on line and very friendly warm welcome when arrived. Will definitely come again :-)

s
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

We arrived on time at 2.30pm to be greeted by two friendly people. We were seated and ordered two drinks. 5 minutes later we ordered our food two starters of soup and whitebait followed by catch of the day and a salmon dish. Fair to say the kitchen forgot about our order. We waited nearly 30 mins for our starters to come out, the pub wasn't super busy either. The waiter was clearly embarrassed and brought our food out as quickly as he could. We finished our starters and almost immediately our mains came out. My partners salmon looked great and he really enjoyed his food. My Sea bass was overcooked and a little dry which is such a shame as I've had fish before and its always top notch. We were offered a free drink by way of compensation and also because it was a birthday had a discount taken off our final bill. We have eaten three or four times before and have always enjoyed a fantastic meal, all I can think was that the kitchen was having an off day/understaffed! We will return in the future.

BB
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I enjoyed my meal at The Coast Guard. My fish and chips was very tasty. Good portion sizes.

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Had Sunday Roast not that impressed wouldn’t have again. Staff were friendly and nice location but food not as expected for price paid

A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely family lunch by the sea on a sunny day. Haven't been here for a few years but the new decor looks great and the food and service were top notch.

DM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

My steak dinner was good, but my friend’s dinner was not. Huge piece of battered fish, soggy and watery inside, flakes falling to pieces. Unpleasant to eat. Staff offer free pudding and apology. We won’t go there again.

A
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

2 for 1 steak night, Wednesday, sirloin was fantastic. Service a little slow. Recommend.

LN
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoy the setting of the restaurant, situated right on the seafront with direct views of France.
The staff were very friendly from the beginning and even though we had to wait for the food for a bit, the atmosphere of the restaurant was comforting and it didn't bother us too much.
The food was well cooked and really yummy so we will be coming back and recommend to all our friends.

JA
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good sea fòod selection, found this place on the internet, only passing through as awaiting ferry to France, lovely view of the coast of france and the white cliffs, will call again and recommend to friends.

PB
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

The kitchen was closed so we travelled there and failed to get a meal at all.

We were told it had been closed all day due to refurbishment and would only start service food the next day

Offered to book us in somewhere else....

TS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

Very disappointing. The staff were constantly clearing up around us and wine was even served with one hand, with a cleaning bottle and cloth in the other.
The vegetables with the roast were only parsnips with no offer of any other, or apology for vegetables being finished.
I live locally, will not recommend to my holiday visitors who rent my rental property.

AR
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Myself and my colleagues ate here on Friday 30th August 2019. We were a party of four and all ordered the fish and chips that were outstanding.
I have already recommended you to friends and family!

MD
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

I lovely first floor dining room with sea views. Very pleasant and helpful staff. We will definitely be back.

S
Kent
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Excellent location on one of the hottest days of the year. So venue was extremely busy but we served in timely manner by young, very polite, front of house staff. Food was superb and we will undoubtedly return.

CB
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

Although the staff, in particular Poppy were exceptional, their job was made harder by the restricted menu. This was apparently due to being extremely busy Saturday and Sunday but dishes that both my husband and I wanted for mains were no longer available. Slightly disappointed

AJ
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Amazing setting. As it was an especially busy bank holiday weekend they were clearly a little overwhelmed and some of the food and drink options weren’t available. Would still go back again and hopefully they will have things a little more under control. Great find in a super idyllic setting.

U
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience1

We have been very unlucky with our first visit. The staff was quite nice but not trained to customer service. The roast was very unpleasant, sat on the kitchen all day in hot weather. Lovely location but it needs some passionate care towards food and service. We will try again on a quieter day.

G
London
21 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Second visit to the venue and we love the location and food.

SH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Very limited choice of food and over priced.service pretty good although main brought out before table cleared from starter.