The Coastguard

Britain's closest pub to France! Popular with locals and visitors, this nautically themed pub serves the best of local, seasonal food and drink.

The Coastguard is an Restaurant. Area Dover


Bay Hill
St Margarets Bay
CT15 6DY

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Useful info

  • Available: Baby changing facility
  • Available: Dog-friendly
  • Available: Family-friendly
  • Available: Food waste reduction policy
  • Available: Locally sourced ingredients
  • Available: On-site parking (charges may apply)
  • Available: Online booking
  • Available: Party/Large group bookings
  • Available: Vegan options
  • Available: Vegetarian options
  • Available: Visitor toilet/s
  • Available: Wedding suppliers or venue


A historic sea-side pub and restaurant next to the beach at the bottom of Bay Hill in St Margaret’s Bay, between Dover and Deal, The Coastguard invites you to dive into local food and drink while enjoying an epic view of the White Cliffs and the Channel.

The pub’s look is inspired by maritime heritage, with a red and white lighthouse-style fascia, boat-shaped planters and lifebuoys. An outside bar and barbecue set the scene for summer and in winter the pub offers a haven for those enjoying a bracing walk along Dover’s famed White Cliffs. Inside, the nautical theme continues, with a warm and welcome awaiting all who come aboard.

Celebrating local produce at every opportunity, the kitchen creates flavoursome dishes perfectly paired with each season. Local suppliers include Jenkins & Son Fishmongers based in Deal. 

You'll find plenty of outdoor seating on the terrace and in lower garden and a cosy restaurant inside. 

The pub holds occasional events such as open air cinema nights and live music - please see their website and social media channels for details. 

Open every day from 10am for breakfast and from 12pm for their main menu.