What are the best fishing rods made of ?

I have taken up sea fishing. I have two cheap telescopic rods and i want to buy a couple of two or three piece rods.
What do i look for? What is the best make? I have already got two sea fixed spool reels.
Most of my fishing will be off the beach or a pier.
I will be fishing the South East coast (UK) from Walton on the Naze around to Brighton.
I would also appreciate any tips as I am still a learner
Thanks

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