Review: West Beach Bar & Kitchen – Laid back beach vibes & Brighton’s best views

October 18, 2020

As locations go the West Beach Bar & Kitchen have one of the best in Brighton. Sat at the foot of the British Airways i360 tower with direct access to the beach and views of the old West Pier you can’t help but soak up the laid back beach vibe while sipping a flat white or a cheeky glass of fizz.

Head chef Sean Dickens-Shone has created a fresh and vibrant menu showcasing a range of locally sourced dishes from well loved Sussex based producers such as Mac’s Farm and Fish Galore. The menu celebrates the restaurant’s sea side location with plenty of fish based dishes ranging from the home comforts of a fish finger sandwich to the indulgent Fisherman’s board complete with crab, crayfish, trout and prawns.

West Beach offers a range of extensive menus including brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and Sunday roast. They also have a children’s menu with favourites like mac n cheese and ice cream to make sure diners of all ages leave with a happy tummy!

What we thought..

We recently visited West Beach as a family of four for lunch on a Saturday. We found staff welcoming and helpful with consistently high standards of Covid precautions being modelled throughout our visit.

We ordered the crab cakes with chilli and ginger and sweet chill jam (£7) and loaded fries with pulled pork BBQ sauce, spring onions and chilli (£6) for starters. The crab cakes were perfectly crisp while fluffy and light inside. The crab offered subtle but distinctive flavour with a zesty, Thai inspired kick thanks to the chilli and ginger.

We were really happy that the children’s meals arrived at the same time as our starters easing our wait. Kids meals are priced at £5 and allow you to mix and match side dishes. Logan chose grilled chicken with chips and peas while his sister opted for a pasta dish with salad on the side.

I loved my moules a la creme (£10) as my main – I’ll always go for moules if they’re on the menu and these didn’t disappoint. My husband went for the daily special which was a delicious lobster florentine with a glass of Prosecco – what a treat!

We finished the meal with a huge portion of i360 dipping doughnuts (£12) which come with yummy chocolate and caramel sauces. Such a lovely way to dine together.

The whole experience was great from start to finish. We felt well looked after and safe while the food was really was hard to fault. We loved being able to take in the views of the pier and passers by as we dined – a beautiful location blended with a chilled, buzzy beach vibe.

The BA i360 have recently introduced a Fly & Dine package allowing diners to enjoy the full experience of enjoying Brighton’s best views from a height of 450 feet before coming back down to indulge in some of West Beach Bar & Kitchen’s finest dishes. Prices start from £21.85 and allowing a saving of more than 15% You can find out more about Fly & Dine packages here.

You can read our full review of our British Airways i360 flight, including post-Covid precautions here.

With thanks to the BAi360 and West Beach Bar & Kitchen for hosting us for the purpose of this review.

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