10 Best restaurants and pubs in Burnham-on-Sea
Despite its small size, Burnham-on-Sea has plenty to recommend it by way of restaurants and watering holes. Below we give our rundown of some of the best, both in the town centre and a short drive away.
One thing that may surprise you is how cosmopolitan the food is in Burnham. There are traditional chippies like you might find in any English coastal village, and you’ll also find Indian, Chinese, and Italian options too. Let’s dig into our selection of the best restaurants and bars in Burnham-on-Sea, all within reaching distance of us at Burnham-on-Sea Holiday Park.
1. Rasoi Indian, Cheddar
Cuisine: Indian / Bangladeshi
Address: The Cliffs, Cheddar, Somerset, BS273QA
One of the highest ranked restaurants on TripAdvisor near Burnham is Rasoi in Cheddar. We recommend you sit in, if possible, since Rasoi has a great atmosphere with a warm welcome and a fragrant selection of Indian and Bangladeshi options. It’s a bit of a drive – 22 minutes from town – but very worthwhile, especially if you’re making a day of it in Cheddar Gorge.
If you like it hot, try the Goan king prawns or, for the seriously brave, the Bangladeshi naga chicken. There’s a great range of tandoori and biryani dishes, and more unusual offerings such as beef haleem and minty shahi lamb. If you’re in a hurry, there is a selection of express mains, but linger if you can.
2. La Vela
Cuisine: Italian / Pizza
Address: 4-6 Abingdon Street, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1PH
The excellent Italian pizzeria, La Vela is close to the centre of town. Enjoy crispy Napoli-style pizzas, filling pasta dishes and classic Italian desserts. The spaghetti carbonara and marinara pizza with seafood and anchovies come highly recommended.
Book if you can, especially on a weekend evening, although the restaurant is highly accommodating and welcomes walk-ins too. The atmosphere and service rate highly among both locals and tourists.
3. The Beachcomber Bar and Restaurant
Cuisine: Bar / Pub grub
Address: The Beachcomber Warren Road, Brean, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 2RP
With plenty of outside tables for a warm summer’s afternoon, The Beachcomber is one of the most popular venues in town. Inside, it’s a large and colourful cabaret venue with its own stage, featuring musical tributes, magic acts, comedians and more. Outside, there are plenty of picnic tables to soak up the sunshine.
Food-wise, expect classic British staples. The Sunday carvery is especially popular, with fluffy Yorkshire puddings and a selection of local roasts. The Beachcomber was voted 2nd best in the county for fish and chips too.
4. The Galley Café
Cuisine: Café / British
Address: 6 High Street, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1NX
If you’re hungry for a full English, the Galley Café offers one of the tastiest in town. It’s a smart, family run business which has been going for over 24 years. The staff are especially friendly, and the café is immaculate and well laid-out.
The sausage sarnie is a popular choice - it even won an award from the BBC! The homemade cottage pie also rates highly with regulars.
5. Dunstan House Inn
Cuisine: Bar / Modern British
Address: 8-10 Love Lane, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1EU
A great selection of local ales, craft beers, and a traditional fish and chip dinner await you at the Dunstan House Inn, a stylish and popular local eatery. Expect more than the usual pub fare here – specialities include mussels, Scottish trout niçoise salad, and even a plant-based burger which should please the vegans in your party.
There is plenty of both outdoor and indoor seating, with canopies outside to protect you from sudden showers or midday sun. It’s a little pricier than some of the other local pubs, but the food makes the impact on your pocket worthwhile.
6. Taste of the Orient
Cuisine: Chinese / Asian
Address: 66-68 High Street, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1PE
No local restaurant rundown would be complete without a Chinese restaurant, and fortunately the best places to eat in Burnham-on-Sea delivers on that front. The Taste of the Orient has a truly epic menu of more than 170 options, with some fantastic set meal options, including an eight-dish meal for two for around 20 quid!
You’ll find all your favourites here, including Szechuan hot pot options, king prawns, squid, and noodle dishes. Gluten free and vegetarian options are available, and you can sit in or takeaway.
7. Crossways Inn, West Huntspill
Cuisine: Bar / British
Address: Withy Road, West Huntspill TA9 3RA
Another popular local pub is the Crossways Inn, situated in nearby West Huntspill, a ten-minute drive southwest from our Burnham-on-Sea Holiday Park. It’s a cosy place for a pub meal, with its stove-heated interior, beer garden and hearty pub fare.
From steak pies and mixed grills to lasagne and halloumi fries, there are plenty of flavoursome options, with a half dozen cask ales to wash it down with. The ambience is warm and welcoming, and the portions and prices generous.
8. Shah Indian Restaurant
Cuisine: Indian / Balti
Address: 13 Victoria Street, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1AL
The curries at Shah’s come highly recommended, including popular tandoori classics and the less common karhi dishes from Rajasthan. Dishes are exquisitely presented, filling and tasty, with house specialties including a hot chicken tikka masala and badhonia (chicken or lamb with butter beans and coriander).
Service rates highly with visitors and the tandoori mixed grill is often singled out as a highlight. Prices are very reasonable, so you’ll want to share a variety of dishes to get the full Shah experience.
9. Victoria Pub
Cuisine: Pub / British
Address: 25 Victoria Street, Victoria Hotel, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1EQ
The final pub in our selection, the Victoria, is part of the Victoria Hotel and offers a relaxed and friendly place to catch a football match while enjoying a burger and a local beer. Pub classics are supplemented with Louisiana BBQ chicken or chicken tikka masala.
For hungry horses, there’s an epic mixed grill including rump steak, gammon, chicken, and Cumberland sausage. You don’t go hungry at the Victoria! There’s a range of sizzling burgers too, including one creative plant-based option. If a light lunch is more your thing, they do toasties and jacket potatoes too.
10. Ogni Volta Eatery
Cuisine: Italian / Pizza
Address: 53 High Street, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1PB
A classy take on the Italian pizzeria, Ogni Volta offer both red and white (tomato-free) pizzas in the Neapolitan style. Highlights include the cheese fanatic’s Abruzzese (mozzarella, gorgonzola, brie, leerdammer and parmesan) and the chilli and ‘nduja-spiced calabrese.
Pasta-wise, the gnocchi is fantastic, coming in several flavours, and other Italian pasta classics are present and correct too. The tiramisu is excellent, and the daily specials are well-worth investigating. There’s a relaxed mood at Ogni Volta. It can be easy to miss if you’re strolling the high street at speed, but don’t walk on by!