Updated – 1st March 2021

We are delighted to announce that we are aiming to open for Outdoor dining and drinks on Monday 12th April! We will be taking bookings for a number of outside tables, but the majority of our tables will remain as a seat on arrival system, with our host greeting and seating you. More information to follow as we are waiting further guidelines from the Government, but for now we are thrilled to be working towards reopening on the 12th April.

For those who bought vouchers with us before Christmas and took advantage of the free £25 voucher please be assured that we will amend the validity of these once we know we are 100% open. We can’t wait for you to be able to use them.

As always thank you for your messages of support and kindness. It is amazing how our local St Margaret’s community has come together.

We look forward to seeing you all at The Coastguard very soon.

The Coastguard Team x

Welcome to the Coastguard

A historic sea-side pub and restaurant in St Margaret’s Bay, near Dover, The Coastguard invites you to dive into superb food and drink while enjoying an epic view over the waves.

Britain’s nearest pub to France, the Coastguard has kept watch on the sea-front for more than 300 years – and after its refurbishment means you can take in those spectacular bay views in style.

The pub’s look is inspired by maritime heritage, with a red and white lighthouse-style fascia and boat-shaped planters and lifebuoys dotted around the beautiful front verandah – where an outside bar and barbecue set the scene for summer. 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 offered to all who come aboard.

Our COVID Policy

We have been working hard on what will be the ‘new normal’ for the foreseeable future at The Coastguard. Please be assured our only goal is to create a safe and welcoming environment for our customers and our team, so that everyone can relax and enjoy the hospitality we’re known for.

We have given careful consideration to every decision we have made in navigating our way through this new normal. Please bear with us, as things may take longer, we may have to make changes – but this is a new journey for all of us.

The Coastguard Team x

Here is a summary of the key differences you may notice when you visit us, if you would like to read our full Company COVID Policy (updated 24th September) please download it here.

Bookings & Group Sizes
Bookings can be made for our inside tables, but as usual outside tables on both the terrace and in the garden cannot be booked. There will be a host who will greet all our customers on arrival, explaining everything you need to know about your visit with us, this team member will be operating a queuing system for the outside tables, and hopefully you will not have to wait too long.

Our maximum table size is 6, as per the changes in the law on 14th September 2020.

Arrival (inc Track & Trace)
It is now a legal requirement that all our guests where a face covering when entering and when moving around our restaurant. On arrival, a member of our team will greet our guests explaining everything you need to know to have a safe and enjoyable visit with us. We will ask for you to use our hand sanitiser station and guide you to your table.  We will also take down your contact details or you can use the Government’s QR code to collect information in the event that ‘Test & Trace’ is needed.

Bar Area
Our bar area is unfortunately not open to customers, all service will be table service.

Our host will provide you with our menu, which will be only used once and will be recycled afterwards.

How to order & your table
We will be doing our very best to keep a safe distance when taking orders and serving your table.
We are currently working on an online ordering platform, which we hope to have up and running very soon. Our welcome host will explain this to you.

The tables will look quite bare as they will not be pre-laid. Cutlery, napkins, condiments will be served to you via a tray. For outside tables this tray will be left with the table, as we will be asking you to return your plates & glasses to the tray for reduced contact in clearing the table.
For inside tables there will be a spare table next to you where we ask you to return your plates & glasses, again to help reduce contact.

To reduce the handling of cash, we are cashless for all food and drinks. (With the exception of our new ice-cream van)

Please be assured there is regular cleaning going on in the Coastguard. Our top priority will be all frequent touchpoints and the toilets. Our payment machines will be cleaned after every use. There are several hand sanitiser stations around the venue. Tables and chairs will be cleaned after each customer, we have allowed extra time in the turnaround of tables for this. At every point we are following the highest standards of cleaning through-out the pub and in the kitchen.

Toilets will be regularly cleaned by our team, wearing PPE and numbers visiting the toilets at one time will be restricted.

There will be a lot more single use items now at The Coastguard, we have placed a number of additional recycling bins around the site, please do use these as much as possible.

Unfortunately for now our sandpit and toy area is closed and we sadly can’t provide colouring pencils either, so please do feel free to bring your own.

We have taken careful consideration in the positioning of our tables in the garden, we politely ask that you don’t move the tables. Thank you.

We hope these answer any concerns you may have but if you have any questions please call us on 01304 853051 or drop us an email at [email protected].

Thank you for your support and we hope to see you soon. Please remember though we need everyone to stay safe to stay open, so if you are feeling unwell please do stay at home.

What’s On

The Coastguard is a lively pub with so much going on – from regular live music, quiz nights to comedy dinner nights during the winter. During the summer months there is entertainment on the terrace with BBQs – a fantastic setting for al fresco dining.

It’s been a while but Quiz Night is back! Our first one will be a Guy Fawkes Quiz Night (don’t worry the questions won’t all be about Guy Fawkes!). It will be a fun evening with some great food, a perfect tonic for these current times.

Obviously teams can be no greater than 6 people. There will be a 2 course meal – we’ve got delicious stew and dumplings planned – perfect for a cold November evening. Just £15 per person for the two courses and the quiz.

Tables are limited due to social distancing so please don’t miss out and book yours asap! Call us on 01304 853051 for more information.


``Last minute decision and drove two hours to get here - well worth it! Great location with lovely food and very friendly service. Tasted a lovely local English Sparkling wine and even stopped at the vineyard on the way back to get a couple of bottles!``

CarolynW - Opentable

``James and the team always make us very welcome. They create a fun and friendly atmosphere and nothing is ever too much trouble.
We have attended various events here, and have always had great food and fantastic service.
The Tuesday night grill is always a winner, and they make a perfect Gin and Tonic.
Very lucky to have this place on our doorstep.``

Dunas - Trip Advisor

``We called in for lunch to a warm welcome from the staff. The pub was busy and is also dog friendly in the bar. I ate the home made burger, which came with lots of tasty additions, not least the home made coleslaw and was excellent. My wife had the fish and chips which she really enjoyed. Quality food and good service at a reasonable price. What more could you want?``

Alan O - Trip Advisor
Special Occasions


Bring everyone together at The Coastguard, enquire about our special events. Whether a milestone birthday, anniversary, christening or family get together; with multiple options including exclusive whole venue private hire or our Crows Nest dining room for up to 14 guests, we work hard to ensure we host the perfect event tailored to your occasion and make it a memorable experience.

For more information call 01304 853051 or drop us an email at [email protected].


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    Our Restaurants


    Why not join us over in Deal on the seafront at 81 Beach Street – a cross between a restaurant and a bistro offering an eating experience that goes beyond the need for nourishment.


    The Granville has carved out an excellent reputation for serving modern European food of the highest quality and is featured in The Good Food Guide and other major listings.


    Open daily from 10am.
    Last bar orders: 
    Mon-Sat: 10.30pm
    Sun: 6pm
    Food serving times:
    Mon-Sat: 10am – 9pm
    Sun: 10am – 5pm

    Drop by for a drink or bite to eat,
    or you can book a table online
    or call ahead to make a reservation.

    For large groups please call to organise your booking

    The Bay, St Margarets Bay,
    Dover, CT15 6DY
    Phone: 01304 853051
    [email protected]