This restaurant has ceased trading.
Dinky waterfront eatery with a cool beach-hut vibe serving fresh fish and seafood.
Slightly hidden opposite Newhaven harbour, C-Shack is a dinky waterfront eatery with a cool beach-hut vibe. Its pale blue and plain wood décor make the small space feel open and uncluttered, while the compact menu contains three short-and-simple sections featuring fish, seafood and surf-and-turf. These are complemented by blackboards featuring daily-changing market specials and a clutch of desserts that are worth leaving room for. The food here is unfussy yet well presented, showcasing C-crowd satisfiers such as mussels, prawns, haddock, sea bass and monkfish, as well as crab and lobster sourced from directly across the road. It’s hard not to like this place and what it does, despite a slight lack of attention to detail at times. Tempura should be super crisp, and smoked salmon would benefit from being served with a wedge of lemon, but the charm and warmth of the place makes these little things easily forgivable and forgettable. See if you can get down to C-Shack, as it makes an enjoyable and worthwhile trip to the seaside for those who prefer scallops in their shells to sand in their shoes. Note that due to their licensing terms, no children under 5 are allowed.
- High point: Charming seafood shack that keeps things simple
- Low point: Lack of attention to detail at times
- Notable dish: Monkfish a L'Armoricaine (with red peppers, tomatoes and cognac)
- Provides: Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Upbeat pop and easy listening
- Capacity: 26
- Largest group: 10
- Open since: 2014 June
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
- House wine: £17.80 per bottle