Best restaurants in Cleethorpes
Situated as it is just to the south of one of Europe’s busiest fishing ports, Cleethorpes is a fantastic place to sample the local fish and chips. However, in terms of cuisine Cleethorpes has so much more to offer than haddock, including Moroccan, Thai, and Caribbean food.
In this article, we’ll look at the best restaurants in Cleethorpes, so that you won’t go hungry during your visit to our Cleethorpes Beach Holiday Park.
Fish & Chips
Steels Corner House Restaurant
A lot of great British chippies lack somewhere to eat in. Not so the Corner House, which has been a fixture in Cleethorpes since 1946. This legendary fish and chip palace serves the local catch and boasts customers who have been coming regularly for half a century or more!
A family-owned business, Steels’ website reveals that queues regularly form on the street outside, and that they purchase over 41 tonnes of haddock annually! Their menu is much more extensive than just fish, however, with prawns, scampi, homemade beef pies and a Sunday roast on offer.
However, haddock is the big seller here, with three different sizes on offer, all served with crisp, fluffy chips and mushy peas. Dine in their pleasant restaurant or take away to eat on the shorefront.
Papa’s Fish and Chips
If you don’t fancy joining the Steels queues, or simply want to check out the alternatives, Papa’s is also a popular local seafood draw. Situated on the pier, you can’t miss Papa’s impressive frontage and they have loads of space to eat in, as well as the takeaway option. They even won a BBC competition to find the nation’s best fish and chips, so Steels certainly has local competition!
This franchised restaurant is popular with families, and you’ll enjoy a great sea view as you eat. All the seaside classics are here, and there’s a separate children’s menu, discounts for seniors and a selection of pies if you fancy a change from fish and chips.
European/ Modern British
Oliver’s Eatery and Jonny Donuts
Whether it’s a full English breakfast, or an afternoon snack you’re looking for, Oliver’s delivers. Situated on the promenade, Olivers is about traditional British food, including Sunday roasts with Yorkshire puddings and greens. There’s also an ice cream parlour and sweets takeaway, Jonny Donuts, on the premises.
Uncomplicated, unfussy but filling and tasty – that’s the Oliver’s ethos.
For slightly more sophisticated and unusual food, seek out Petit Delight, a French-style brasserie on Sea View Street. Petit Delight serves sandwich lunches and afternoon teas which include croque monsieur and miniature filled croissants.
The dinner service includes a selection of French or Italian dishes with local ingredients, including a baked camembert starter, bouillabaisse, and mussels. You’ll also find a French twist on British classics, including burgers on brioche buns with “salt jute” rarebit and French fries.
The Notts Restaurant
The Nottingham House is one of the most popular seafront pubs in Cleethorpes and its restaurant offers some of the best pub grub in the locality. While the pub specialises in real ales, the restaurant serves up pub classics such as beef and ale pie, curry and of course, fish and chips.
The restaurant is situated upstairs and is dog-friendly. The pub hosts unusual evening entertainment and remains one of the few remaining traditional British pubs in the area.
Though there may be only a few Indian eateries in or around Cleethorpes, Agrah is as good as any you might find in major cities. Make sure you get the pickle tray with papadums to start. Main dishes are flavoursome with as much or as little spice as you like.
Bangladeshi and Indian classics meet in their sit-in menu, which includes a popular tandoori selection, shashlik kebabs and somandari salmon. You’ll also get all the usual British Asian classics here, such as biryani and korma but there are a host of unusual specials including Sylhet aubergine and a fearfully hot goan dish!
Check out their website and downloadable menu for more information.
If you fancy some middle eastern starters to share, Fez is the place to be in Cleethorpes. Recommended among the main dishes are the tagine dishes prepared and served in traditional clay pots, particularly the spiced beef meatballs (kofta). There’s also a great range of couscous dishes and brochettes (chunks of succulent meat served on Moroccan flatbreads).
The grilled halloumi is a great option for vegetarians, and there’s a European menu too, including pizzas and pastas.
For lovers of hot green curries, Paw Thai is heaven. This traditional Thai eatery specialises in these piquant, spicy, and filling dishes. Practically every dish is available with a range of meats and vegetarian or vegan options too.
As well as curries, the extensive menu offers stir fries, rice and noodle dishes, and a selection of recommended specialties. The restaurant is cosy and comfortable, and only a short stroll from the pier and promenade.
One of the more unique eateries in Cleethorpes is Café Baraka. Where you can enjoy such Afro-Caribbean classics as jerk chicken and curried goat (there’s jerk jackfruit for the veggies too). For those who want to try something traditional but less well-known, Barak does maffe (meat with a peanut-based sauce) or chicken yassa (cooked with lemon, onions, and mustard).
Sides of plantain or dumplings finish your meal off perfectly but be careful with the scotch bonnet sauce pot! Café Baraka is definitely worth a visit, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the cuisine, which is simply delicious.
Gallagher’s Café and Cakery
Sweet-tooths are well-served in Gallaghers, one of the outstanding cafes in Cleethorpes. Some of the cakes on offer here look almost too good to damage with a fork, but you’ll be glad you did! The interior is pretty, with lots of flowers and mirrors, and there are savoury snacks here too, including jacket potatoes, sandwiches, and salad bowls.
However, the real draw at Gallaghers is definitely the coffee and cakes, which you can sample with an afternoon tea. The breakfast is extremely popular too!