Hastings is home to the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe, the remains of the first castle in England to be built by William the Conqueror, A Stunningly beautiful and preserved old town and a strong local arts community. Hastings is really three towns in one joined by a level promenade; the Old Town to the east, the bustling contemporary shopping town center in the middle and St Leonard's to the west featuring the classical elegance of James Burton’s architecture and the fashionable Norman Road – recently named as the new ‘Portobello Road-on Sea’ by The Times` and offering a great collection of antique shops and vintage galleries. Hastings has grown in popularity as a seaside destination attracting many visitors and holidaymakers over the summer season. With multiple festivals and attractions taking place not to mention the huge music and art scene, there is always plenty to do.
From derelict bathing pools on Hastings’s seafront to now one of the major redevelopments to make an impact to the town. After decades of this venue being closed off finally it has been put to good use. The Courtyard has plenty to offer from restaurants, coffee shops and even a Barbour’s. This has added an element to the seaside town of Hastings. Its also very close to multiple of our holiday lets so make sure you take a visit!
Here are some of the restaurants located in The Courtyard:
The Brewing Brothers: A close-knit group who are passionate about homemade craft ales. The Brewing brothers wanted their guests to have the ultimate combo when it came to your beverage of choice, so they decided among them, why not make it our self? This is exactly what they done. Giving a large variety of craft ales each allows you to pick to complement your meal. Whether it’s a stone baked pizza from their pizza oven or the outstanding pasta this place has you covered. They now have multiple venues who sell their ale and now a restaurant in The Courtyard.
The Bok Shop: Originally based on the London styled fried chicken culture, The Bok Shop produces a free-range fried chicken and vegan fried chicken joint. The menu has a wide variety of burgers, strips and tenders to pick from with it all being homemade it makes it taste so much better. The menu is a balance of contemporary and nostalgic street style food. Founded in Brighton in 2017 and now having multiple venues across the UK, friends Jamie and Howard present themselves to be different from the others.
A top contender is La Bella Vista the award-winning Italian restaurant. situated opposite the beach giving you that soothing sea view experience whilst you explore the great dishes with top form service. Presenting you with exquisite Italian food. Bella Vista really shows care and compassion when it comes to the guest experience, making sure you have a special moment each time you visit.
A family run bistro presented in the heart of the beloved old town. If you are looking to experience all the independent quirky retailers. you will have to make a stop to Porters. With seating both upstairs, downstairs and a lovely outdoor area this is the perfect place to enjoy something to eat. They also provide a wonderful selection of wines. You will be presented with a warm welcome alongside a cosy aura dining by the open fire.
Whites Seafood & Steak Bar, if you are wanting some seafood right by Europe’s largest beach-launched fleet, this is the place to be. As well as fish they also have hot rock steaks coming out sizzling. If you are needing a lunch along the seaside or a memorable dinner in the old town this family run restaurant is somewhere to consider.
Half Man Half Burger:
Half Man! Half Burger! If you are wanting a proper burger to dine in or take away half man half burger is here to deliver. Guaranteeing fresh food and they portray this though the tasty food. From burgers to loaded chilli fries this place has great options.
Webbes is known to have a selection of stylish restaurants with each of them giving each an individuality making them stand out in their own ways. Being right by Hastings fishermen huts, they provide eco-friendly, fresh fish at their restaurants. They also provide a cookery school with fascinating flavours presenting wild and natural ingredients.
Down through the old town passing its neighbour of the Dragon bar we recommend bar SEED with it being know for its outstanding tapas, SEED is a cosy environment to get together and experience some food and drinks.
The Heist based in the centre of Norman Road is home to a range of restaurant outlets, this is an excellent opportunity to give the group multiple options to choose from, making everyone happy. With it being open 7 days, a week get yourself down there to explore the great range to test your taste buds.
The Old market
Go enjoy some food and drink in a friendly and cost atmosphere in one of the old towns’ largest venues. This is great to cater for a large group of you to get together and enjoy either some gourmet burgers or slow-cooked meats and local fish giving an option for everyone! Freshly made cocktails with great deals created by one of the knowledgeable bar team, this is a perfect bar to get together and enjoy yourselves.
The Dragon Bar
The Dragon Bar first starting off in Shoreditch in 1998, this bar is claimed to be the first graffiti bar within its area. Now owning its place in the old town from 2005, The Dragon Bar shows originality through the bar with portraying the urge to encourage the creative aspect throughout the venue. Presented through its music its quirky edge is intriguing to the eye, also helps with their great cocktails.
Cinque port arms
The hidden gem of the Cinque Port Arms, if you venture through the heart of the old town tucked away you will find it. Filled with bundles of character you will experience a warm kind welcoming from the staff. With its traditional interior you will be drawn to visit again. The ambiance will make you come back in a heartbeat to enjoy a nice pint or glass of wine.
Ye Olde Pump House
Ye Olde Pump House itself has a warm charming atmosphere. It provides plenty of space for bigger and smaller groups and a nice outside area. the stunning building is definitely worth a visit, with the pub being family run its always been known to have
Hanuska coffee house
If you are a book lover you may burst with excitement before stepping through the entrance, with books towering from floor to ceiling in both locations, one based in the old town and the other being in the new town. This is a perfect venue to endorse yourself in wonderful coffees. Having its own children’s area with a small blue sofa and a wooden stall. It really gives off a good atmosphere making you want to be there.
Where their moto is ‘good mood, good food’ pass through all the trinkets and treasures Waterfalls has to offer. If you make your way upstairs there is a gorgeous coffee shop which also serves homemade food catering for vegan and vegetarian options too. If you are looking for a memorable afternoon tea, they have one with all the staples such as scones with jam and cream, finger sandwiches and homemade cake ready for you. You can also add prosecco if you wanted to at an extra charge. As well as being a coffee shop, downstairs they sell homeware and gifts, so maybe you could get a gift to remember your special experience.
Goodman’s coffee shop
Goodman’s coffee shop started up in 2020 in partnership with Goodman’s Barbour’s. now having two destinations to enjoy a lovely coffee, one being in Hastings being in The Courtyard and the other in St Leonard's-on-sea, alongside this they have built a strong community working on mental health and bringing to light interesting topics to talk about. As well as making coffee they also serve cocktails too.
A café with ambiance and strong character, with it giving off a relaxed atmosphere it’s a great place to go enjoy some food and coffee. With ceiling fans and surrounded in books this seafront coffee shop allows you to enjoy your experience indoors or sitting outdoors admiring the views.
Jempsons a popular coffee shop/superstore with it being Britain's largest independent store. With the franchise spanning the length of 80 years, Jempsons has crossed three generation paths. Serving up lovely baking goods its a great choice.
Crazy golf- the golf
If you are seeking some fun, head down to Hastings Adventure Golf. It has three courses suitable for players of all age ranges to enjoy. Offering you a last chance to score to win a free ticket! However, this isn’t all that they provide as they have plenty of catering facilities dotted around the site with scrumptious treats to hail victory. You will not miss out as they are open every day too.
Fancy a bike ride along Hastings seafront? Taking the best opportunity to explore beside the beach, you could take a trip to Hastings’s cycle hire and sales. There they provide bike hire to have beautiful views whilst getting active.
Whilst being down the coast, why not take advantage of the beach walks the town has to offer. If it’s walking down through the old town to adventure through Rock-a-nore or taking a stroll through St Leonard's to stop off at The Goat Ledge for a warm or cold drink. It’s a lovely way to get outside and endorse the costal fresh air with a great view whilst you are at it.
Hastings Country Park set atop the East hill with fantastic views out over the town and the English Channel. The country park is a beautiful nature reserve full of stunning walks and a great place for visitors to take in the majestic panoramic views of the South East Coastline. On clear days there are spectacular views overlooking the coastline from Beachy Head to Dungeness and as far afield as Folkstone and the coast of France
This 109-acre park was originally laid out by Robert Marnock, a renowned landscape gardener, in 1878. It was formally opened by the Prince and Princess of Wales on June 26, 1882. Alexandra Park is a Grade II* designated site in the "Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest" and is one of the best parks in the country for its tree collection. A 10-minute walk from the town centre, the Lower Park has large lawns, wildlife ponds, War Memorial, bowls green, information points, toilets, cafe, event areas, bandstand and adventure playground.
The Blue Reef Aquarium
Take the ultimate undersea safari at Blue Reef Aquarium. Enjoy incredibly close encounters with seahorses, native sharks, giant octopus and hundreds of amazing aquatic creatures. At the aquarium’s heart is a giant ocean display - walk through an underwater tunnel and come face to face with shoals of colorful fish. Located on Rock A Nore Road.
Following an extensive reconstruction project, Hastings Pier reopened to the public in April 2016. The pier is a modern, 21st century attraction with its history and heritage at its heart. Open 7 days a week all year round (opening times vary depending on the season and event). Free entry (apart from ticketed events).