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Boatyard, St Leonards-on-Sea

A sleek fish restaurant serving only the finest, freshest sustainable seafood alongside organic natural wines. Though based in a bustling street food market, it's a proper sit-down affair.

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Set inside the super-cool street food market Heist in St Leonards-on-Sea is Boatyard, a bloody good fish restaurant selling only the best local and sustainable seafood. Most of it, indeed, is caught by the local Hastings fishing fleet — which is why the menu is so subject to change, dictated by the seasons and the seas. Regular favourites, though, include cockle popcorn (deep-fried cockles that are as good as they sound), grilled octopus tentacles, baked scallops, and all kinds of delicious ceviches and tartares. There are also a few plant-based specials as well as surf ‘n’ turf steaks, if fish isn’t your whole jam.

Though sitting pretty in a buzzy food market, this is a full table-service restaurant with bookings available (although not always necessary). You can keep it casual by eating at the open kitchen dining counter, or opt for a plush banquette table for something swankier. Oh, and just like its sister restaurant Farmyard (based just down the road), the wine here is entirely excellent: an extensive list of organic, biodynamic, and natural bottles. Being a fish restaurant, they’re well-tailored to seafood, with a focus on wines from coastal and seaside regions.

The restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner from midday until 11pm. The exception is Sundays, when a special brunch menu kicks off from 11am, running alongside lunch until the market closes at 6pm.

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HEIST. Market, 22-26 Norman Road, St. Leonards-on-sea, East Sussex, TN37 6NH
01424 728379

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