Seaside dining in real style
YOU don't need to make the trek to Rick Stein's place in Padstow to soak up a lovely sea view along with your fish pie and your crisp glass of white.
And now the sun seems to be a return visitor to Swansea Bay, the idea of a meal by the sea is more inviting than ever.
Here are our top ten places to eat, with eye-catching views over the water.
Once a coal storage depot, now a bustling restaurant overlooking one of the Gower Peninsula's beauty spots, views across Oxwich and Three Cliffs Bay are, quite simply, stunning.
Their chef Ian Bennett was trained by the Roux Brothers and specialities here include grey mullet, cockles and white wine sauce, sea bass, sauce vierge and crushed new potatoes.
Price taste: Club sandwich with chips: £9.95.
Small glass of house white: £3
Long-established and family run, the Oxwich Bay Hotel has been keeping diners happy for decades, with a seasonal à la carte menu, with al fresco dining in a lovely terraced garden and with popular afternoon teas. Tons to enjoy here and we love it.
Price taste: Beer battered fish, pea puree, chips and tartare sauce £10.95
A 125ml glass of Chablis: £3.50.
Freshly caught fish from Carmarthen Bay and, if you are lucky, a killer sunset - Worms Head Hotel serves up a winning combination of Rhossili Bay views and an inventive menu plus lots of fantastic al-fresco space from which to enjoy the brilliant views down below.
Give them 24 hours notice if you fancy Gower lobster and crab, when in season.
Price taste: Fish and chips: £9.95. Small glass of white: £2.60.
Cafe by day and more restaurant by night, cafe Twocann is one of the main draws over at Swansea's SA1 marina, with oodles of atmosphere and great food. Their home-made beef and caramelised onion burger is always popular. "Lovely, lovely food,'' is how one writer on a social media website puts it simply.
My favourite? Their veggie burger! Not to be missed.
Price taste: A two course lunch can be had for £11.95.
A large glass of house white: £4.75.
This is a sweet option for picturesque, informal dining, a pebble's throw away from the water and from Langland's famous beach huts. Great food with the chefs adding considerable skills to produce. A brilliant place to watch the sun go down with a glass of something cold in your hand and a glass of olives in front of you. Also good for breakfast.
Price taste: Twice-cooked Budweiser flavoured chicken wings with chips and salad, £14.95.
A floater coffee: £2.85.
Perched atop the tallest building in Wales, the Grape and Olive is surely the best vantage point from which to see the arc of Swansea Bay. It never fails to amaze. It is also a brilliant place to take visitors if you want to impress. Grab a light lunch or something a bit more hearty.
Price taste: The set price lunch menu offers eggs Benedict with smoked salmon or prosciutto at £7.
A cooling glass of Pimms is served at
£3.95 a glass.
An eye-catching, retro Italian style cafe and ice cream parlour on Aberavon beach, this is a great find for ice cream lovers.
They also serve up grills, juicy burgers and wraps, but leave room for a couple of scoops. Rhubarb and custard ice cream is irresistible.
Price taste: Coronation chicken wrap: £4.25.
Nastro Azzuro bottled lager: £3.25.
A good spot just a stone's throw from the water's edge to meet up with friends, and to share an informal bite, Surfside Cafes have set up shop along the coast at Langland, Caswell and Rotherslade .
Price taste: Gourmet steak, sweet chilli burger: £6.20.
A one-shot cappucino: £2
Choose from either its 120-setaer A La Carte Italian Restaurant, serving fresh fish, steaks, chicken and pasta dishes, fine wines and desserts or its cafe bar with stone baked pizzas, pastas, snacks, sandwiches, children's meals and traditional fish and chips. Either way, one of the very best views of Swansea Bay is guaranteed. Hugely popular with families and rightly so.
Price taste: Margherita pizza, £7.95. Children's meals, £4.75.
This relaxed hang out for beach sport enthusiasts and for beach moochers does a nice line in crisp beer and coffee and they fire up the barbecue regularly, so this is great for some informal snacking and eating, while enjoying panoramic views of the Bay and Mumbles Head.
Their minted burger, at, £6.45, is a hearty choice of a lamb pattie served in a ciabatta, with chips, salad garnish and tzatziki.
Wash it down with a Corona Extra bottle, at £2.95.