55d – Angmering-on-Sea to Littlehampton

We left the expensive houses and their walled gardens behind as we left Angmering-on-Sea and entered Rustington.  Rustington is noted for its two air speed records.  On 7 September 1946 Group Captain E M Donaldson flew a Gloucester Meteor F4, reaching a speed of just over 616 miles per hour.  On the very same day in 1953, Squadron Leader Neville Duke flew a Hawker Hunter Mk3, obtaining a speed of 727.63 miles per hour.  There is a small commemorative plaque by the sea front.

Air Speed PlaqueBy now we were feeling rather hungry.  We strode on, reaching Littlehampton, where we came across the East Beach Cafe.  Wow!  What a strange looking building!

East Beach Cafe, LittlehamptonYou can’t help but enter a building looking like that!  We were pleased we did, for we were served the best fish and chips we have ever had.  Ever.  The fish was fresh; the batter a crisp and dark golden brown.  The chips were presented in a small metal receptacle lined with grease-proof paper.  They were stood on end, poking their heads out at us.  The grease-proof paper, I decided, was there to show off; to prove that there was not a drop of grease on these chips.  After I finished the meal the paper was as dry as if it had been freshly placed.  I could have written a note to the chef on it telling him how much I enjoyed the meal!  Accompanying all of this was a small ramekin dish of mushy peas.  These were the freshet, sweetest peas I have ever tasted.

If you ever visit Littlehampton, go to the East Beach Cafe and have some fish and chips.  You won’t regret it!

We left the cafe and continued on our way, walking across the exposed beach towards Littlehampton harbour.

Littlehampton Beach

Points on this part of the walk (copy and paste the co-ordinates into Google Earth):

  • Air Speed Record Plaque: N 50° 48.162 W 000° 30.624
  • East Beach Cafe:  N 50° 48.158 W 000° 31.973

Walk #55 Statistics (of which this post forms the fourth part):

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2 Responses to 55d – Angmering-on-Sea to Littlehampton

  1. Perhaps unsurprisingly the East Beach Café was absolutely rammed when I passed by there. Not only was it full but there was a queue forming for seats. I didn’t have a hope in hell of getting in there. I guess this is why… Good for them! (And you!)

  2. Ann Howlett says:

    The East Beach Café was designed by Thomas Heatherwick of Olympic Cauldron and London’s Garden Bridge fame, or possibly notoriety in the case of the latter.
    I found your blog several months ago but as you can see I am still 4 years behind you.

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