Hastings is wonky and weird and full of amazing things to look at, but I promise I was trying to have a day off from blogging when we took a trip there on Sunday. I managed quite well, enjoying the sunshine and resisting too much camera-weilding, but on the walk back to the car I took one step inside A G Hendy Home Store on the High Street and all was shot.
The shop is owned by food writer and photographer Alastair Hendy. It takes up the full height of the building and is filled with carefully selected, and beautifully presented, vintage furniture and traditional homewares. The friendly staff are dressed smartly in shirts and waistcoats, and the best thing, the Home Store has a small restaurant out the back that sells fresh fish caught by local boats.
The Home Store Kitchen serves lunches only on weekends and comprises just an intimate dining room and an enclosed terrace with bench seating. The menu includes a selection of light starters such as ‘radishes and sea salt’, ‘chicory and fennel salad with anchovy salad cream and ‘beetroot, capers and curd on toast’. The mains, all fish, include, on the day of our visit, ‘whelk, wild garlic and potato soup’, ‘dressed crab’, ‘cod fish stew’ and ‘smoked haddock chowder with parsley and duck egg’. For dessert you could choose between ‘stewed rhubarb with cream’ and ‘date loaf, butterscotch and vanilla ice cream’.
I would love to do a proper write-up about all the inspiring foody goings-on in Hastings, like Home Store Kitchen, the bakery owned by the guys who set up Green & Blacks, the supper club scene, and the pub with mummified cats. I shall have to save it for my next visit though, when I’m planning on leaving a bit more room in my belly, and the car boot. Until then, if you are planning a trip to the south coast you could do a lot worse than take inspiration from my friend Jessica’s board of Hastings-based goodness.
A G Hendy Home Store, 36 High Street, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 3ER, 01424 447171
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About Chloe King
I'm a freelance writer, designer and webby type. I live with my husband and daughter in the south of England. I like to cook and can throw a good party.
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