There’s just something special about eating outside at this time of year, especially with a stunning view. So we’re bringing you a cafe right on the beach looking out over the Solent.

The Southsea Beach Café, was listed in The Guardian’s top 20 best seaside restaurants, cafes and shacks in the UK, describing it as ‘buzzy’ and a ‘great spot for families’ and that seems like a good description to us!

The Guardian focused on their fresh seafood and amazing sea views, but the café also serves a menu of locally-sourced seasonal food and loads of vegetarian and vegan options.

The breakfast menu is perfect for a lazy Sunday morning reading the papers and looking out over the Solent. Alongside the obvious full cooked versions, there’s kippers on toast, breakfast burrito or baked breakfast hash – a lightly spiced potato hash tossed in a tomato and herb sauce with wilted spinach, a fried egg, spiced dukkah and buttery sourdough toast.

There’s a special barbecue menu – with fish, meat or vegetarian sharers, delicious sides and ice-cold wine or beer. There’s nothing quite like a warm summer’s evening on the beach.

Avocado and sourdough starter

The café is super-friendly for kids and dogs. Children love the dig-a-saurus ice-cream!

Parents might prefer scallop and chorizo baps, Moules Frites, chimichurri prawns, a Buddha Bowl or Basil Pesto Gnocchi. Check out their lunch, and dinner menus.

Other Guardian winners on our patch included The Hut, Colwell Bay, Isle of Wight and Watch House Café at Bridport in Dorset.