Window shopping: A G Hendy Home Store

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.

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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.

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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’.

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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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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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4 comments on “Window shopping: A G Hendy Home Store

  1. April 23, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    I love Hastings and this place sounds amazing, as does the mummified cat pub(!?!) and Home Store Kitchen. Looking forward to reading more about your adventures in Hastings xx

    • April 23, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      Thanks Katie, the mummified cat pub is The Stag, lovely beer garden on many levels with a wicker man at the top. Two mummified cats were found in the wall during the refurb, they’re now in a box frame on the wall. Definitely worth stopping in for a pint!

  2. April 24, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    I hadn’t been to Hastings in ages and I went recently on one of my trips back to the UK and I was amazed to find all the little shops, and second-hand and vintage items galore, (and indeed, A G Hendy Home Store is really something else!).

    • April 24, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      I think Hastings trumps Lewes for mid-century furniture and things for the home. Dare I say it, the antiques markets in Lewes seem a bit chintzy by comparison.

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