We are delighted to announce that we are opening for Outdoor dining and drinks on Monday 12th April! We are 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. Please see below for full details of our Covid Policy and also some key information about the systems we have in place to keep both our guests and team as safe as possible, 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 these can be redeemed Monday to Thursday until July 15th. 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 are so excited to be welcoming you all back to The Coastguard – we are open outdoors from the 12th April and we hope to have our indoors open on the 17th May, as part of the Government’s roadmap. We hope you are all well and have stayed safe over the last few months. 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 the guidelines. Please bear with us, as things may take longer, we may have to make changes – but as always we thank you for your support.

The Coastguard Team

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 please download it here.

Bookings & Group Sizes
Bookings can be made for a number of our outside tables, but the majority will be allocated on arrival. 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.

Table sizes can be up to 6 people or 2 households. For groups of over 6 we will be confirming that you are from two households only. Guests  are allowed to come into the venue to use toilets & baby changing facilities.

On arrival everyone will be greeted by a host – who will be there to inform all our customers with everything they need to know to have a safe and enjoyable visit with us. The host will ask for you to use our hand sanitiser station and guide you to a table.

Test and Trace Requirements
We will be displaying the official NHS QR code poster across the venue. Every guest aged 16 and over has to check in to our venue via scanning the QR code or provide their contact details to us. We will use our booking system to ensure that we can collect information from our guests who do not have a smartphone or do not want to use the NHS COVID-19 app. Unfortunately we will have to refuse entry to those who refuse to check in or provide contact details.

Face Masks/Coverings
Our Front of House Team will be wearing their face coverings at all times. Guests are required to wear them when moving around the venue – however these can be removed once guests are seated.

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

Our host will provide you with a menu. Single use menus will be printed on recyclable paper or in some venues we will have wipe clean menus, which will be sanitised after every use

How to order & your table
We will be doing our very best to keep a safe distance when taking orders and serving your table. The tables will look quite bare as they will not be pre-laid.

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 you 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.


``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.
    Please call ahead to confirm closing time, this is currently dependant on light and weather
    until we are able to open inside.

    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]