The Great British seaside is synonymous with stripy deck chairs, penny machines on the pier and t-shirt tans (if we’re lucky!) Here are eight foods that make us nostalgic for the seaside

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1. 99 and flake

There are very few things in life that can beat the pleasure of cream-coloured, super-soft ice cream that oozes from a nozzle at the pull of a lever, served to you by a friendly man or woman in a van. ‘You want a flake with that?’ Course we do!

99 Flake icecream

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2. Stick of rock

It’s concentrated sugar on a stick – nothing revolutionary there – but how about the thrilling presence of a word that runs all the way through the stick from end to end? Magical.

Brighton rock

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3. Doughnuts

Once upon a time, doughnuts were simple – rings of deep fried batter covered in sugar. Served warm in paper bags. We love all the sophisticated variants you get now, but those simple, sugary, freshly made treats take some beating.


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4. Fish ‘n’ chips

Crispy battered fish served with soggy chips, a generous splash of vinegar, a big dollop of tartare sauce, some mushy peas and – if you’re the adventurous type – a pickled onion, all wrapped up in paper. Yes please.

Fancy bringing a bit of the seaside into your family cooking? Try these tasty homemade crispy fish fingers.

Fish and chips

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5. Candyfloss

As a kid, there was something truly magical about candyfloss. Our parents said it was just sugar, but to us it was a fluffy pink cloud on a stick made by fairies.


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6. Slush puppies

The ultimate way to cool down on a hot summer’s day at the beach. Remember drinking these too quickly and getting brain freeze?

Slush puppies

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7. Potted shrimp

Originally from Lancashire, potted shrimp was a staple item in the seaside picnic basket for many a family back in the day. When lunchtime came around, mum would pop open a jar of buttery goodness and spread on slices of bread to the hungry brood. Delicious.

Potted shrimp

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8. Ginger beer

Enid Blyton was a big fan of it, and we loved lashings of ginger beer on a hot summer’s day by the sea too. There’s something super refreshing about the spicy kick of ginger and gentle fizz. Nowadays, we rather like it as a base for our summer cocktails.

Ginger beer

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