A TRENDY new seafront cafe designed to look like a windbreaker is taking shape on Westcliff seafront.

Married couple David and Heather Gammer are behind the venture which will bring bistro style food and seaside goods to the beach.

The Beach Hut is on course to open by the end of March ready for the Easter bank holiday.

Mrs Gammer, from Chalkwell, said they intend to apply for a licence to sell alcohol and hope to open on summer evenings for customers to enjoy the balcony seating area through to dusk.

She said: “We hope to help bring this side of the seafront into the 21st Century. The previous building was dilapidated and we have quite an exciting modern design.

“Our terrace overlooking the beach is taking shape nicely. “People have been quite enthusiastic about our project.”

The building, opposite Toulouse restaurant, replaces a dilapidated cabin style hut which sold seaside items like buckets and spades.

Work started at the end of September.

The Beach Hut will have a small area to continue sales like this to remain true to its seaside location.

It has been designed by SK Architects in Leigh who came up with the coloured windbreak design.

Mrs Gammer added: “We want to retain the traditional beach outlet selling some beach goods as that’s what people come to the beack for. We will be serving a modern and fresh menu and offer a place for people to chill out and sit and enjoy the views.”

It will serve breakfast, lunch and teas and evening meals if there is the demand during summer months. There is room for 40 to 60 customers.

The menu will include fish tacos, sandwiches and wraps, homemade burgers and platters.