The Welsh seaside resort of Saundersfoot is a popular holiday destination and home to Will Holland's aptly named restaurant. If Will Holland’s sterling reputation attracts both tourists and Saundersfoot’s own local foodies to Coast, it is the exquisitely fresh food which keeps them coming back.
A modern building, one whole wall is an breath-taking window opening up onto a decked terrace overlooking the Coppett Hall beach. The chic and classic interior is therefore light and airy, furnished with neutral and turquoise décor and the resulting atmosphere is relaxed and unpretentious despite the high quality of the dining experience. The menu is beautifully designed with each line indented creating a curved effect, mirroring the shape of the building which is meant to conjure up the feeling of a sea wave or curved sandy bay.
Coast’s menus have a modern British focus with various underlying influences from classical cuisine to Thai cooking. Lots of the ingredients are sourced from the local area or in south west Wales, and provenance is clearly important to the chef. As restaurant by the beach a plentiful choice of seafood is to be expected, but Coast goes one step further with ninety per cent of the fish being sourced directly from the sea in front of the restaurant, right under the diner’s nose.
The fishing boats and lobster pots can be seen on the beach from the restaurant, with the catch being used to create such diverse dishes as Grilled half Caldey Island lobster with vanilla, black pepper butter, papaya, coriander salsa and piri piri potatoes, or Lobster and caviar gratin.
Other local produce includes the Welsh lamb chump, from the hills of the Pembrokeshire National park, which can be enjoyed with steamed Pembrokeshire new potatoes. Dessert options include both traditional and more exotic options such as Sticky toffee pudding and Coconut and passion fruit slice. There is also a separate menu for children and vegetarian diners along with a reasonably priced six course tasting menu - appealing to those familiar with Holland’s previous fine dining experience.
Coast often puts on special event nights such as menus created by guest chefs, a seasonal game night and tasting menus celebrating the glorious local seafood.
Coast’s relaxed and welcoming environment means it is ideal for holiday-makers enjoying the charming Welsh coastline. However, with its almost exclusive use of Pembrokeshire produce it is developing a firm local following as well.