Sussex is known for its many cafes overlooking the sea. However, with summer upon us, you will never have enough options to choose where to sit by the water with a drink in hand and tasty food in front of you.
Making the most of the warm weather, I visited the new Port kitchen at the port of Shoreham, whose exchanges began on June 14. I decided to have lunch at the cafe, which is literally right next to the harbour.
To start, I was told by a sign at the entrance to choose a table before ordering my food. As the sun was beating down I decided to sit outside which was quite busy considering the main lunch period was over.
READ MORE: I ate at Brighton’s traditional chippy named a ‘national treasure’ and among the ‘best’ in the UK
Looking at the menu, I was pleasantly surprised at the number of options available to me. A range of soft and hot drinks were available, and for those who wanted to relax even more, a selection of beers and wines were also on offer.
In terms of food, the menu had a good selection of fish dishes (perfect for the seaside) to options such as sandwiches and burgers. And for those looking for a heartier dish, a good side option was on the menu, including halloumi chips!
I also noticed that the menu had a section for children, offering simple dishes like chicken goujons, fish sticks or sausages. And to better meet the needs of the whole family, a range of puddings completes the menu.
Although I am not a vegan myself, the range of vegan options on the menu was impressive and wider than on most menus I see when eating in the area. Another positive was that the Port Kitchen listed where they got their products, especially their drinks, and that many of their suppliers were local, including tea bags from The Tea Lead Company, based in Brighton.
After ordering at checkout, I returned to my outside table, which was nice and clean. The outdoor space was surprisingly large and I even noticed a small terrace above it. The decor was modern and stylish, both inside and out, and the staff were always around to check on customers.
After a short wait, my fishfinger sandwich arrived at my table, along with all the condiments I could have needed. The sandwich, of fish caught that day on bloomer bread (for which there was a gluten free option), was a good size and good quality for the £9 it cost me.
While I was eating a member of staff came to make sure everything was ok and I had everything I needed. Other staff were also scattered around, clearing tables and serving customers politely and at a good pace.
Although the food was good, in my opinion the sandwich was a bit pricey, but sitting near the harbor was well worth it. And considering it was the day the kitchen opened, it seemed to be going pretty well, and every customer seemed happy and pleasantly surprised.
For me, the location was the main selling point that drew me back to eating here. With summer now here, I can tell this restaurant will be absolutely packed with people in the weeks and months to come.
Let us know your thoughts on Port Kitchen below. Join the conversation with other Sussex readers here.
Find out more about things to do and activities in Sussex with our free What’s On email HERE .