Find the best lighthouse restaurants, bars, cafes and tea rooms to visit on your lighthouse holiday.
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Whether you’re on holiday or just out for the day, finding somewhere for an enjoyable meal is always a pleasure, especially when it has a lighthouse theme!
I love to find places to eat on holiday and have had fun trying out most of the following places. For the few I haven’t tried, they’re definitely on my list to try the next time I visit the area.
Whether you prefer morning coffee, afternoon tea, lunch or dinner, I’ve put together a guide to the best lighthouse restaurants, bar and tearooms, all of which has a lighthouse theme. Enjoy your Lighthouse Menu!
Lighthouse Restaurants and Bars
Sevenstones Inn, St Martin’s, Isles of Scilly
There is a great circular walk around the island, and you can walk to the daymark of St Martin’s. Stop in for a refreshing glass or lunch at the Sevenstones Inn, St Martins, named after the Sevenstones Lightvessel.
Fraggle Rock Bar, Bryher, Isles of Scilly
Did you know that Fraggles live in lighthouses? The real Fraggle Rock Lighthouse is based on St Anthony’s Lighthouse in Cornwall. The bar isn’t a lighthouse, and there isn’t even a lighthouse on the island, but there are views of Bishop Rock and Round Island Lighthouse!
There are no cars on Bryher, but it’s a lovely walk around the island.
Bishop and Wolf, Hugh Town, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly
At nearby Porthcressa Beach, you can find the former shore station for Bishop Rock Lighthouse.
Royal Sovereign Light pub, Bexhill, Sussex
Named after the Royal Sovereign Lightvessel, which the Royal Sovereign Lighthouse replaced. Offering food and drinks.
A great place to visit for lunch or a drink after a good stroll along the Downs. You can see across the rolling downs to Belle Tout Lighthouse perched on the cliff edge from the window. Below the cliffs is the iconic Beachy Head Lighthouse. You can find the Beachy Head Visitor Centre next door to the restaurant.
Trinity’s Lightship, Haslar Marina, Gosport, Hampshire
The distinctive green-painted Trinity’s Lightship is the former LV1 and is now a bar and restaurant within Haslar Marina.
Champagne Bar, Folkestone, Kent
Who wouldn’t want a nice glass of something refreshing by a lighthouse? Folkestone Lighthouse on the end of the pier at Folkestone is now transformed into a champagne bar.
The Lighthouse Inn, Walcott, Norfolk
Located close to Happisburgh Lighthouse, serving food all day, we often visit after a busy open day at the lighthouse.
The pub sign used to have a lighthouse picture by day and by night on alternate sides.
The Lantern Room, Edinburgh
Located at Baxter’s Place, the former residence of Robert Stevenson, the hotel rooms have a lighthouse theme, and the Lantern Room is a bit special!
You can also stay at the Courtyard Marriott at Baxter’s Place.
The aptly named Lighthouse Bar serves meals and cocktails, or you can stop for a luxury afternoon tea or morning coffee.
Bell Rock Tavern, Tayport
Located near the harbour, with a lighthouse on the front. The building used to have a large painting of Bell Rock Lighthouse on the side, but this has since been changed.
Corsewall Lighthouse, Dumfries and Galloway
At the northern end of the Rhins of Galloway, Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel is open to non-residents for evening meals and afternoon tea. The lighthouse restaurant has a delicious menu! There are spectacular views across the water to Ireland and up to Ailsa Craig.
Lighthouse Tea Rooms and Cafes
Needles Battery, Isle of Wight
Located on the Needles Headland, the former coastal defence and rocket testing site affords fantastic views across to the Needles Lighthouse, and there are great views from the cafe!
Sovereign Light cafe, Bexhill
Sadly Royal Sovereign Lighthouse is due to be decommissioned very shortly.
The video doesn’t actually show the lighthouse, but I love the song anyway!
Mrs Knott’s Tearoom, South Foreland Lighthouse, Kent
The decommissioned lighthouse is open to the public, and in one of the former cottages, Mrs Knotts Tea Room is well worth a visit. The tea room is named after one of the keepers’ families living at South Foreland Lighthouse.
Trinity Buoy Wharf, London
The former training lighthouse and depot for Trinity House, Trinity Buoy Wharf is now an arts centre and has a riverside cafe. It also featured recently as the venue for the Great British Sewing Bee on BBC1.
Withernsea Lighthouse, Yorkshire
Withernsea Lighthouse is located in the centre of the town. It was decommissioned and is now open as a visitor centre with a museum dedicated to the actress Kay Kendall.
There is a lovely cafe and garden, and the resident lighthouse cat may also join you!
Souter Lighthouse, Tyne and Wear
Souter Lighthouse is open to the public, with a cafe. The visitor centre is excellent, and there are some great walks nearby.
Located next to Morecambe Stone Pier Lighthouse, the Stone Jetty Cafe looks out into Morecambe Bay.
Aberdeen Maritime Museum has on display the former optic from Rattray Head Lighthouse. The optic is visible through several floors, and the clockwork mechanism at the bottom is visible in the Museum Cafe.
Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, Fraserburgh
Be prepared to spend several hours at the museum, or in our case, all day! Apart from the largest collection of lighthouse optics in Europe, the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses also holds numerous lighthouse artefacts and displays; you can also take a tour of Kinnaird Head Lighthouse.
The Museum Tea Room provides magnificent views out to sea, as well as to the foghorn and lighthouses.
Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Shetland
Located at the southern end of mainland Shetland, run by the Shetland Amenity Trust, Sumburgh Head Lighthouse is well worth visiting. The Cafe has stunning panoramic views and is a great place to watch the wildlife.
Ozone cafe, Cape Wrath, Highland
It’s quite an adventure to reach Cape Wrath. Its lighthouse marks the turning point on the northwest tip of mainland Scotland.
The best way to visit is by arranging a minibus ride, which links with a ferry crossing from the Kyle of Durness. You need to plan your visit as the bus crosses an MOD firing range, so do check and book in advance.
Gallie Craig Coffee House, Dumfries and Galloway
Located on the clifftop at Scotland’s most southerly point, the Gallie Craig Coffee House blends in beautifully with the stunning scenery, with its Tellytubby-style rooftop. Adjacent to Mull of Galloway Lighthouse, the area is popular with walkers and wildlife watchers.
The panoramic views from the cafe are amazing, and the cakes are delicious!
If you know of any other lighthouse bars or restaurants, I’d be pleased to hear from you.
For further ideas on places to stay, check out the Lighthouse Directory.