Welcome to the Coastguard


Thank you so much for all your support and love. We are truly overwhelmed. We are closed as of Friday 20th March. We have made the decision to not operate a takeaway service over the coming weeks/months. We believe that it is too risky for both our team members, who would be cooking, preparing and serving and also you, our loyal customers on collection. We hope you understand this decision.

We will be back though and when that time comes the celebrations will be brilliant!

Take care and stay safe
The Coastguard Team x

About 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.

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.


Every Tuesday, enjoy buy 1 get 1 free on all our grills, fresh from our Char-Grill, with crispy chips and a mouth-watering selection of side dishes. From 6pm


``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]