THREE Sussex beaches have been named among the best in Britain by The Sunday Times – and one of them is in Eastbourne.

The newspaper’s best British beach guide was revealed – “the most comprehensive and exhaustively researched” catalogue of the British coast.

Over 800 beaches were considered and our beautiful Holywell Retreat made it onto the list of the best in England.

The Times said: “Eastbourne’s littoral stretches four miles from Langney Point in the east to Holywell Retreat in the west, and it’s at this end — on the shingle beneath the Italian Gardens — that you’ll find sanctuary in East Sussex.

“This throwback to the Edwardian era derives its name from a long-gone spring of holy water more than adequately replaced by the Holywell Tea Chalet.

“There’s easy access to the concrete prom, where a row of beach huts leads into wilder country at the foot of dazzling white chalk cliffs capable of burning your back when you’re facing the sun.

“The rock-pooling is good here, and the swimming a delight, but you’ll need shoes to make a dignified exit from the pebble-strewn sea.”