OUR STORY - then and now

an 18th century iconic building and the first and last thatched roof in town.


Built as a holiday home in the 18th Century for a chap named William Leeves, the cottage was originally right on the beach, until the introduction of the seawall in 1885. Now just a few steps away from the sand, The Old Thatched Cottage sits proudly overlooking the water as the oldest building in town.

From a quaint holiday cottage to busy tea rooms, before finally becoming one of Weston-super-Mare’s most popular restaurants, The Old Thatched Cottage has been owned and operated by the Michael family since it was purchased by Axentis Michael back in 1959.


This iconic Grade II listed landmark on the town’s seafront offers a perfect mix of old and new… original 18th Century features, period charm and the only remaining thatched roof in Weston-super-Mare, combined with a laid-back atmosphere, contemporary lighting and a really-very-cool outside terrace area.

As a proudly independent, family-run restaurant, handed down through the generations, Maria (Axentis’s daughter) and her team bring together over 50 years of expertise to create a first-rate, affordable dining experience in Weston-super-Mare.

Our restaurant is fully accessible for wheelchair users, however as the building is Grade II listed, we have regretfully been unable to adapt our toilet facilities - the doorway to the toilets are wheelchair accessible, but standard wheelchairs are likely to struggle to access the individual toilet cubicles. If you would like to discuss your requirements and the suitability of our restaurant, please do get in touch and we will do all we can to ensure you are comfortable during your visit.