East Beach Cafe
|East Beach Cafe|
The East Beach Cafe viewed from the rear.
|Street address||Sea road|
|Postal/ZIP code||BN17 5DL|
East Beach Café is a cafe in Littlehampton, West Sussex.
It is owned by Jane Wood and Sophie Murray, who commissioned designer Thomas Heatherwick to create an iconic building for the seaside town of Littlehampton. Heatherwick Studio were formally briefed in September 2005 to create a new cafe building on the site of an existing seafront kiosk.
Thomas and his design team, headed by architect Peter Ayres, set out to create a building that fitted into its tough seaside context. The result is a place of ‘prospect and refuge’, with generous views of the sea and a cosy atmosphere whatever the weather.
The cafe was fabricated by local company Littlehampton Welding, beginning in 2005. The Cafe has not only received acclaim for the architecture by winning a national architecture prize from the RIBA, the food is also highly regarded. A cafe by day and restaurant by evening has been well received by various food critics. In 2009 the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards awarded East Beach Cafe winner of the Exterior Space category. East Beach Cafe has just been awarded Coastal Cafe of the Year by National Magazine Company's Coast Awards 2011.