Our favourite street: Hastings Old Town’s High Street
The High Street in Hastings Old town is Dunescape’s favourite street
Not only will it satisfy your needs all day long – from breakfast/brunch, through lunch, to maybe a movie then supper, with plenty of shopping, lounging and browsing along the way – it’s also just a nice place to hang out
So here’s Dunescape’s all-day guide to some of the many great High Street things to do, places to go, people to see.
Land of Green Ginger 45 High Street, TN34 3EN. 01424
For good food in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere
Land of Green Ginger is run by Andrew Thornton and Janet Watts. They say: “We serve home-made, seasonal, fresh, and locally sourced food where possible… healthy brunch and lunch, homemade cakes and sweets.
“Come and try our Ginger Parkin, or buy a bag of our famous ginger shortbread biscuits to take home.”
A bit of light browsing
For the work of five creative women whose specialisms including creating with paper and card, knitting and clothes making, drawing and painting, textiles and pottery.
They also invite local artists and makers to sell their work in the shop, and say: “We knew how creative Hastings was as a town and it was always our intention to promote some of the many talented people in the area by acting as an agent for them through sales of their work.”
First Sight Gallery 34 High StreetTN34 3ER 01424 714 518 http://firstsightgallery.co.uk/ Open Wed/ Thurs/ Fri / Sat/ Sun 10:00am – 5:00pm
For affordable, collectable art in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
Featured artists include Robert White’s reclaimed wood sculpture, generally based on birdlife; William Waldie’s paintings, including his local seascapes, and EP Fontanella’s photography http://www.epfontanella.info/
Penbuckles – cheesemonger and vintner 50 High Street TN34 3EN 01424 465 050 For locally sourced speciality cheeses, condiments, wine, beer and cider.
Penbuckles has a great array of local produce including wines from Carr Taylor at Tenterden, Sedlescombe organic wines, Highweald Dairy Cheese and Tim’s Dairy Yogurts.
It’s right next door to…
Judge’s Bakery 51 High Street TN34 3EN 01424-722588 email@example.com. @judgesbakery Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 08.15 – 17.30, Friday and Saturday 08.15 – 18.30, Sunday 09.00 – 17.00 http://www.judgesbakery.com
For organic artisan and traditional breads and cakes
Judge’s is owned by Green & Black’s chocolate founders Craig Sams and Josephine Fairley, and has won numerous awards. It’s also a one-stop organic/local food store.
They say: “The bakery was ‘reinvented’ in 2005, when we set about converting all the traditional baked goods – from jam tarts to white bloomers, sausage rolls to Madeira cakes and [their famous] pink meringue pigs (almost 200 recipes, in all) – to Soil Association organic status. In addition, we introduced a fabulous selection of high-quality artisan ‘slow breads’, including Country Sourdough, Wholewheat Sourdough and 100% Rye Bread.”
Little Treasures Vintage 73 High Street TN34 3EL 01424 200 511 @LT_Vintage http://www.littletreasuresvintage.co.uk/
For cool quirky vintage clothes from the 1920s to the 1980s, plus treasures for the home.
They say: “We believe beautiful things shouldn’t break the bank so we constantly search for pre-loved items that are unusual, interesting and collectible, and bring them to you at an affordable price.
“Our shop is full of fantastic finds, including women’s and men’s vintage clothing, shoes, jewellery, and accessories. We also stock a range of cool and quirky items for your home, including lampshades and cushions, vintage mirrors, artwork and pictures.”
A little lunch
Maroc 37 High Street, TN34 3ER 07500 774017
For simple Moroccan food in a quirky restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere.
Maroc is a small café, with menu and prices to match. Enjoy aromatic teas, a range of tagine-cooked dishes, kebabs, salads. There’s a shop too, selling Moroccan bags, jewellery and other artefacts.
Some serious shopping
A J Hendy and Co Home Store 36 High Street, 01424-447171 Opening: Weds to Sun 10-5.30 @hendyhomestore Facebook
For beautifully simple and functional items for the home
Austere is the style here: a lovingly recreated Georgian shop front, within a three-storey townhouse, the windows displaying no more than plain white plates and a couple of chests of drawers, and a shop assistant in a sweeping white apron standing at ease in the dark recesses.
Alastair Hendy, who has worked as a food writer and photographer for 15 years, spent three years restoring the building. It’s a recreation that wouldn’t feel out of place in London’s Spitalfields.
As the Telegraph said: “ Three things hit you immediately: the scent of an open fire, the subtle colours of chocolate brown and muted green and the sound of feet treading on dusty floorboards. This is experiential shopping taken to extremes. Over the three floors, each room in the shop, which specialises in simple, functional and utilitarian products for the home, is artfully laid out as if in a house: kitchen and housekeeping area on the ground floor, up the stairs to the study and linen room and up once more to reach the bathroom at the top.
Great interior pictures here.
Vintage Bird 48 High Street, TN34 3EN Opening hours: Monday – Appointment only Tuesday – Saturday – 10.30 – 5.30 Sunday – Closed. firstname.lastname@example.org 01424 433300 http://vintage-bird.com/
For wonderful, quirky, unusual fabrics and wallpapers, gifts and homeware.
They say: “two floors of touchy-feely, delicious fabrics, mouth-watering wallpapers and a select range of quirky throws, cushions and goodies.
“Our bespoke makeup service includes samples, measures and quotes, interior styling, colour advice and help.”
A quick drink
For real ales from their own microbrewery served in a pub with real character.
Sample Crofters best bitter, Cardinal Sussex Porter, FILO Gold Premium Ale and more.
The pub reviewers say: “This is a perfect pub: a proper pub that serves proper beer and proper food” - Matthew Fort, The Guardian
“There are no fruit machines or jukeboxes, so punters are encouraged to engage in banter – a beer drinkers’ pub with five home-brewed ales accompanying lunchtime pub grub. With monthly quiz nights to weekly live gigs, there’s never a quiet night here!” - Humayun Hussain, The Observer
Electric Palace 39aHigh Street TN34 3ER 01424 720393 email@example.com http://www.electricpalacecinema.com/index.php
For mainly independent art house movies in a wonderful old-world cinema.
Being here’s a pleasure, even before the film starts. You slip through a door beneath the Electric Palace sign and climb a narrow stairway, the walls plastered with movie posters.
Through a door and you are into a cosy, intimate space with dark red walls and cutains and 50 vintage velvet cinema seats.
The staff are cheery volunteers, and there’s a bar at the back serving organic wine, coffee and so on.
So it’s a cinema from yesterday, but the digital image and sound quality are great. The Guardian ranked it among the top 10 independents in theUK. More here http://dunescape.co.uk/499/
Porters wine bar and bistro 56 High Street 01424 427000 http://www.porterswinebar.com/the-old-town/
For hearty food – steaks, pies, local plaice – with live jazz on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
They say: “Porters is renowned for its live music and features award-winning Jazz singer Liane Carroll on a regular basis; its excellent home-cooked food (locally sourced where possible) and its wide selection of beers, wines and spirits.”
What have we missed? There are plenty more great places in the high Street. Which should we add here?