TWENTY SEASIDE SHACKS & TWENTY EPIC TRACKS
Calling all travel junkies, escapism is back on the cards. Fear not - Zoë and her motley crew have dusted the sand from their little black books to uncover 20 of their beloved barefoot hangouts, both here and further afield.
With a dynamic mix of electro pop and melodic house, the prolific DJ and bomber-lover, Henri, sets our spirits soaring with the download-or-die, CABAÑA playlist, featuring her latest track, 'Protection'.
THE HIDDEN HUT, CORNWALL | Overindulge in lobster and chips, slow-roasted spring lamb, wood-fired seafood and a finger-licking mackerel grill at this lo-fi, ‘bring your own plate’ affair.
RUIN BEACH CAFE, ISLES OF SCILLY | A laidback-meets-modern Mediterranean-style hangout. Follow the mellow burning wood scent drifting on the breeze.
THE BEACH HUT, LLANGRENNOG, WALES | Our insider says hands-down the best the best fish and chips on arguably the best slice of the Welsh coast.
GREAT BLASKET ISLAND COFFEE SHOP, COUNTY KERRY, IRELAND | A back-to-basics, old-school coffee shop, only accessible by boat. Wind back the clock, pick up a picnic and spend an afternoon kicking back with the seals.
HARRY'S SHACK, PORT STEWART, NORTHERN IRELAND | Take casual into another orbit and order up an organic homemade burger at this gritty, sandy, rugged, kick-off-your-shoes shack.
SPILLANE'S, CASTLEGREGORY, IRELAND | Recommended to Zoë by her dad, Eddie, for their Guinness, oysters and live music.
RILEY’S FISH SHACK, KING EDWARD'S BAY, TYNEMOUTH | Many a university lecture was skipped to blow off the cobwebs and soak up the salty air at this low-slung coastal hangout.
THE HUT, COLWELL BAY, ISLE OF WIGHT | Maybe not such a secret but still ticks all the boxes. Simple and delicious food now also offered in picnic hampers.
SEAFOOD SHACK, ULLAPOOL, SCOTLAND | Fresh and local seafood cooked to order. The hand-dived scallops pan-fried with herb butter are a must.
ASH SMOKED FISHES, ALDEBURGH BEACH, SUFFOLK | Perch on the pebbles with your fresh fish smoked in-house. A childhood favorite
YAMBA, LISBON, PORTUGAL | Take a trip to Yamba and expect the unexpected. A visit that will be remembered long after the summer tan has faded.
BAR CALA TORTA, ARTA, MALLORCA | An off-the-grid gem on Zoë’s home island of Mallorca, guaranteed to unearth the free-spirited explorer within.
PAPALAGI SEAFOOD, AGIOS NIKOLAOS, GREECE | Perched on the edge of a cliff where the Aegean seems to stretch on forever. Try one of the fish carpaccios, caught fresh that day.
SA FORADADA, DEIÀ, MALLORCA | The delicately balanced rock-side phenomenon is the scene of many family celebrations – and where Zoë hosted her husband Steve’s 40th birthday lunch.
EL BIGOTES, CALA MASTELLA, IBIZA | Situated on a rustic jetty in an idyllic location off the beaten track. Don't expect any frills – this is a simple one-dish wonder. Caught that morning, you won’t taste fresher fish anywhere.
LUCKY BAR, FORMENTERA, SPAIN | Sample the local tapas at this vibey Spanish chiringuito and sip on a spritz as the DJ turns up the tunes.
GIGI'S BEACH, SOTOGRANDE, SPAIN | Another Jordan family favourite. Spicy gambas pil-pil and a super-refreshing gazpacho.
L'OYAT BEACH BAR, L'ESPIGUETTE PLAGE, FRANCE | Take shade beneath the slatted roof of this barely-there shack thrown together from scavenged driftwood. Nurse an icy beer and practice your French at the bar.
LIKYA, EKINCIK, TURKEY | Likya's laid-back soundtrack, oversized cushions and jugs of potent raki have made it the go-to spot in Ekincik.
RISTORANTE EMANUELA, SANT'ANGELO, ITALY | Bruschetta to die for and the limoncello ain't so bad either..