Such a lovely weekend called for a small trip to the seaside, we contemplated few places and chose Hastings. And what a lovely place Hastings is. Its charm starts as you weave through the hills lined with colourful Victorian houses. Then you hit the seaside, which was looking especially charming in the spring sunshine, old boats and fishing nets scattered about, fishermen selling their catch, seagulls circling around.
The tall black fishermen’s huts are so elegant, especially against blue.
Even though Hastings is an old historic town, it is being beautifully modernised with art gallery by the sea and sparkling new amenities. Being a tourist is really easy and pleasant although it is hard to get lunch with no chips.
The Old Town heaves with amazing antique shops but two deserve a special mention for their great edit, friendly staff and beautiful interiors.
First up is Hendy & Co Home Store, which is similar to Labour&Wait but better therefore making it my no 2 favourite shop ever after Liberty. I think what makes it better is the building, there is so much character inside, everything is original including doors, windows and fireplace. There is even a tiny restaurant at the back and I guess this should be our lunch place but it was full and probably not such a great idea with a toddler and a stroller.
Picture via here.
This is a brilliant shopping list, you flip arrows to mark what needs to be bought. Sheer kitchen genius! Martha would go nuts for it.
The teeny tiny restaurant just behind that window. So very Dickensian.
Home Store, 36 High Street, TN34 3ER Hastings
The second shop has a fantastic name – Butlers Famed Emporium. It sells yet more old enamel dishes, simple bars of soap and sea salts, wrought iron chairs and old toys. The shop has got really high ceiling which makes it so wonderfully airy and easy to browse. Loved it.
Butlers Famed Emporium – 70-71 George Street, TN34 3 EE Hastings