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“Great View and Service”

The Coastguard Restaurant
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Price range: US$6 - US$28
Cuisines: Seafood, British, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: An historic sea-side pub and restaurant in St Margaret’s Bay, near Dover, The Coastguard invites you to dive in to superb food and drink while enjoying an epic view over the waves. Britain’s nearest pub to France, the Coastguard has kept watch on the sea-front for more than 300 years - and a recent refurbishment means you can take in those spectacular bay views in style.
Reviewed November 1, 2018

It’s worth the winding downhill drive to the pub set in St Margaret’s Bay for excellent views from the outside balcony over the Channel and the busy shipping port of Dover. Excellent and friendly staff. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: October 2018
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Thank mikesierra
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JamesN3252, Public Relations Manager at The Coastguard Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 2, 2018

Hello mikesierra,

Thank you for your review for the Coastguard, i have to agree we are worth the drive down the winding hill, as the views at the bottom are beautiful! It's fantastic to hear you found the staff friendly and excellent, it is always amazing to hear! We hope you come and dine with us again soon, we have a grill night every tuesday evenings and also a new Pie and Pudding night on Wednesday evenings, keep an eye out for these promotions!
We look forward to your next visit.
Kind regards
Mica and the Coastguard Team

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Reviewed October 31, 2018

I suppose one of the great things about the Coastguard is that it is adjoining the beach with wonderful views across the channel and on a sunny afternoon there are few better places to be. But what about when it is dark and cold outside? We visited on a Monday evening - the log fire was burning well and we got a friendly welcome from the staff. Service was great and the food was very good. A nice bottle of Pinot Noir was not the overpriced 'off the supermarket shelf stuff' that some restaurants try to insult their customers with. All-in-all a very pleasant experience and we will be returning. Good to see that, even on a cold Monday night, the place still had guests in the restaurant and the bar which says something. Two courses and the wine was just under £70, so it's not a cheap date, but I would recommend it

Date of visit: October 2018
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Thank Dave R
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JamesN3252, Public Relations Manager at The Coastguard Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 2, 2018

Hello Dave R,

I completely agree with you, the Coastguard is in an incredible location with great views of the Channel and even France on some days! But on our colder darker nights we have the log burner on and it feels the pub with such warmth. It's great to hear that you found the staff welcoming and friendly and found the service and food very good! We really appreciate all feedback, so this is all fantastic! Be sure to try a Tuesday evening next time, as it is our grill night where you can get 2 for 1 on all our steaks, mixed grills and some other dishes that are included. This is always a busy night so be sure to book!
We look forward to your return to the Coastguard
Kind regards
Mica and the Coastguard Team

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Reviewed October 29, 2018

Called into the Coastguard for a few drinks and found it was a really nice place. It was very busy and the food that was coming out looked fab. I didnt eat that day but i will certainly be going back. The staff all seemed very nice. Top marks :-)

Date of visit: October 2018
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1  Thank Paulcaz2016
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JamesN3252, Public Relations Manager at The Coastguard Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 2, 2018

Hello Paulcaz2016,

Thank you for leaving the Coastguard this fantastic review! As the weather is turning colder it is a great location with a beautiful fire. We are glad you enjoyed your visit to the Coastguard and we look forward to your return back to try the food soon. I will pass on your comments to the staff, thank you very much. Dont forget on tuesday evenings we have our grill nights, where you get 2 for 1 on our mixed grills, steaks and chicken dishes, this is a great evening to try. We also have our new al a carte menu with delicious new dishes, definitely worth a try!
We look forward to your next visit!

Kind regards
Mica and the Coastguard Team

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Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

Visited with our daughter for my husbands birthday. Tuesdays are 2 for 1 grill night so steak for me which was cooked to perfection and mixed grill for my husband which he thoroughly enjoyed. The desserts chosen were delicious too especially the lemon meringue cheesecake. Lovely atmosphere and a 5* prompt and efficient service will definitely be returning.

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank DOUGLG10
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JamesN3252, Public Relations Manager at The Coastguard Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2018

Hello DOUGLG10,

Thank you for taking your time in leaving the Coastguard this fantastic review. 2 for 1 grill night is definitely a night not to be missed, the mixed grill is a great choice because you get a little try of everything, so i am glad your husband thoroughly enjoyed it! The lemon meringue cheesecake is amazing isn't it? One of my favourites! Thank you i will pass this onto the kitchen and Front of House team, they will really appreciate this incredible feedback. We look forward to your return. Our new menu launches on the 1st Nov, so be sure to come back to try some amazing new dishes and desserts.

Kind regards
Mica and the Coastguard Team

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Reviewed October 24, 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed our family dinner! Great place. So cozy and the food was amazing. Definitely want to return when I come back to the area!

I had the fish and chips. The batter was crisp and paper thin. The fish was cooked to perfection. My son and daughter in law had the feta stuffed chicken wrapped in bacon. (2 for 1 on Tuesday!) Grandsons had child’s pasta.

Everyone was pleased with their food dish. Kids enjoyed Crunch ice cream as a part of the child’s meal deal. Others had the large brownie with choice of ice cream on top. They chose chocolate and ginger topped with walnut butterscotch sauce.

A very pleasant experience eating by the sea in a cozy environment topped off with an open fireplace crackling.

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank judycking
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JamesN3252, Public Relations Manager at The Coastguard Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2018

Hello judycking,

Thank you for this wonderful 5 star review for the Coastguard. We are so glad you enjoyed our family dinner and found it cosy and amazing food. And to hear you already want to return is amazing. I will pass your positive feedback to the kitchen about the fish, as it is always great for them to hear. The feta stuffed chicken sounds so delicious and 2 for 1 sounds even better! The pudding menu is very yummy, I always struggle to make a choice. Our new autumn menu starts in November so be sure to come back and try some new warm dishes, with the roaring fire, it pairs as a great place to be. We look forward to your return to the Coastguard.

Kind regards
Mica and the Coastguard Team

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