Where to Eat

Local Pubs and Restaurants:

There is a good range of foods and  places to eat on the estate.

At the north end of the Estate, with its entrance off Coast Drive/Battery Road, is the world famous ‘Pilot Inn’ public house.

This pub, once simply the ‘local’ pub has, over the years built up a very commendable business as a purveyor of, probably the best ‘Fish’n’Chips south of Hadrian’s wall. It has been mentioned as far afield as the New York Times and continues to have consistently high ratings on the likes of ‘Trip Advisor’. The staff are always courteous, efficient and friendly due in no small part to the fact that the family run business is always fronted by owner Rachel and or son Robert.

The fish is always very fresh – and it can be served in a traditional batter or lightly grilled with a choice of chips or a very good salad.

But its not just a place for Fish and Chips. On the menu you will also find fillet steak, home cooked gammon and local Romney Marsh slow braised Lamb, a good selection of wines and beers …. And more.

The Pilot – 01797 320 314 Battery Road, Dungeness, TN29 9NJ     info@thepilotinndungeness.co.uk


A stroll away down the road towards the new lighthouse you will find a unique and excellent eating place – Snack Shack

An old shipping container, where the food is cooked and an array of various benches, tables and chairs simply placed on the beach. But don’t be fooled by this seemingly haphazard arrangement. The food is prepared fresh from the boats – and you cant get better.

The Snack Shack has flourished over the past year and rightly so. It has been featured in the Daily Mail, nominated for and shortlisted in the ‘Best Coastal Fish Restaurant of The Year Awards’ and continues to be rated ‘Excellent’ on Trip Advisor.

Owned and operated by Kenny Thomas and family, the ‘Snack Shack’ provides an extensive choice of quality sea foods and can boast that what was caught in the morning can be devoured the same afternoon.

Local caught fish can also be purchased as soon as the catch has landed. Can’t get fresher than that!

Open Wednesday to Sunday from 11a.m to 3.30pm – but please check if weather is bad!!

Snack Shack – 0782 559 8921


Between the two lighthouses we have the long established Britannia public house – and under new management  of Richard Davis we expect to see improvements on past performances.

A Shepherd Neame hostelry there are always good beers including the famous ‘Spitfire’ range.

Food is varied from traditional Fish and Chips to steaks, burgers and family fayre.

Spacious with good outside seating – for those sunny days!!

The Britannia – 01797 321959


At the end of the line – literally, we have the new restructured Light Railway Cafe, owned and run by  RH&DR staff.   A variety of foods for all the family – it is renowned for its excellent fish and chip platter –  plus ice creams and confectionery, soft drinks  are served in the new bright interior which now boasts a large viewing window overlooking the station to the vista beyond.

The Light Railway Café is the venue for the famous Dungeness Diner evening events. Please keep an eye on the Events page on their website for dates.

The former ticket office seasonally houses photographic displays and always features a good selection of local tourism information, while the station shop is well stocked with a range of “seaside” themed items, RH&DR branded gifts, confectionary & Ice Creams.

Light Railway Café – 01797 362 253


Beyond the boundary of Dungeness Estate we are blessed with numerous and diverse restaurants including:-

In the  New Romney area alone we have a  Mexican establishment, Italian, two award winning Indian restaurants, Chinese, Tai, Greek, and recently somewhere you can experience Goan food.   On top of this we have  been graced with  restaurateur Costas from Hythe –  now at 103 The Parade, Littlestone.  The fact that Costas has been in business for over Twenty Five years  is testament to the quality service he and his staff provide.   Now very much a venue for live entertainment as well as good food, certainly a place for that special celebration,   Breakfasts and lunch also served.

The Mexican restaurant, run by husband and wife team – from New Mexico –  provides typical Mexican ‘Street Food’ all prepared fresh on ordering AND,  a big and – most main meals are just £10 or so.   Takeaways – less! 

  In Lydd, just 4 miles down the road we have a good Indian, Chinese and popular fish and chip takeaway

Link Details:
The Britannia Inn Near the Old Lighthouse and RHDR station.
Snack Shack Between The Pilot and The Britannia Inn.
The Pilot Near the entrance to the Dungeness Estate
The Gallivant Hotel At Camber, near Dungeness


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