hendy’s home store

After wondering around Hastings for a few hours on Sunday we decided it was time to eat.  This was an important decision as many of the restaurants weren’t going to be open on Monday.  We decided to try The Kitchen at Hendy’s Home Store as it is only open for a few hours on the weekend.  Mr was a bit nervous as he thought it looked like an underkeeper’s, but I suggested that it was likely just their Halloween decorations (which it was).

The restaurant is literally in the kitchen and another small adjoining room of the restored period house.  We were seated at the stainless steel table in the warmth of the kitchen which I was pretty happy with. The menu is seafood heavy but did have a vegetarian option for us and a selection of delicious looking desserts.  We were served complementary bread and had butternut and mushroom tart with elderflower cordial for our main which left enough space for dessert.  I had date loaf with butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice-cream and Mr had a chocolate cardamom ice-cream which had a texture like chocolate truffle.  Both were delicious and everything was homemade by the chef, Alistair Hendy, who is a food writer and photographer during the week in London.  Although it was a little bit pricey it was well worth it and we loved the homey atmosphere and friendly service.

After eating we wandered around the store which has a selection of very useful items like string and kitchen items, but also a variety of decorative items like glass jars and antique furniture.  It was all really beautiful and I was about ready to buy the place when I spotted the vintage copper bath.

Definitely recommended if you’re in Hastings on a weekend.


We went down to Hastings by train on Sunday.  We took the slightly slower train because than we didn’t have to change.  Who really wants to change when you are comfortable anyway?  After reading about it on a few blogs and more generally I had been keen to head down and I wasn’t disappointed.

Hastings is the perfect seaside town I was imaging.  A little warn and peely around the edges but lots of interesting places to explore and friendly people.  The Old Town is home to many sweet shops, some restaurants and a few lovely shops.  There were plenty of vintage shops, although with my boyfriend in tow I didn’t explore these too much.  Although, I treated myself to some simple pieces from Butler’s Emporium for future food styling projects.  Don’t you love the word “emporium”?  Time was mostly spent eating, walking along the seafront and finding places to hide from the rain.

We stayed in a B&B that I would really recommend called The Printworks, based in the old Observer’s Printing Office.  It has lots of beautiful details, a very comfy bed, the breakfast was generous and our hosts were lovely.  Hendy’s Home Store Kitchen was a great restaurant (more on that tomorrow) and the Green Cafe was a good place to while away some time eating a yummy scone with clotted cream while it rained outside.

Unfortunately, with our Sunday/Monday visit a lit of things were closed but it was still a lovely getaway.

(this last one is not a black and white photo!)

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