When I heard something arty was poised to shake up Eastbourne I had to go and check it out.
The new DC1 gallery and cafe at 67-69 Seaside Road has been opened by the Devonshire Collective, which also has new artists’ workshops in the town. (The name Devonshire comes from the Devonshire Ward in which it’s based). The cafe/gallery a smart modern space with exposed brick and sci fi looking air con units and it will be displaying a rolling programme of exhibitions.
I think it’s fair to say that Worthing doesn’t have that at-a-glance hipness that parts of Brighton and Hastings have. There are however definitely pockets of indie cool if you look in the right place. So, next time you’re there turn your back on the usual chains, face the pier, then head left along the seafront and keep on walking.
I’ll draw your attention first to Crabshack which is beckoning me back for a warm evening of alfresco seafront seafood scoffing but today, we’re walking on by to Coast Cafe des Artistes.
When a new cafe bar opened in Tunbridge Wells, launched by some ex-army guys no less, Ali over at Muddy Kent needed little excuse to march on over and check it out. If you live in North East Sussex, looks like you may want to do the same. Over the Ali…
Next time you’re in Tunny Wells you might want to check out Framptons – a cool new Café Bar & Kitchen that opened just last month.
I’m not saying I’m a jinx but my two favourite Brighton & Hove cafes have closed in the last year. Farm just down from Wagamama did the BEST carrot cake (and believe me I’ve done extensive research) while little Pic-nics up an alley off the Hove seafront was my go-to place for a big breakfast with fluffy scrambled eggs and delish seasoned mushrooms – OK that one’s just changed – now the Hove Beach Cafe, but has lost something of its cute beach hut style.
There’s no shortage of places to get tea and cake in achingly pretty Rye but when Edith’s House popped up as one of our Muddy Awards nominees this year I was much tickled by the concept and vowed to give it a try when I was next over.
It doesn’t look like much of a theme cafe from the outside but as the name suggest’s something quirky is afoot.
If your forays up to Croydon, like mine, generally revolve around Ikea then feast your eyes on the new draw on the block. Heard of Boxpark in Shoreditch? I visited a while back and it’s a total hipster hangout (not why I was there!) full of pop-up shops and eateries. Well Boxpark 2 had just hit Croydon handily right by East Croydon station so you can even stop off to or from London on some Sussex train routes.
Handily situated for post walk or cycle refuelling this new family-friendly cafe sits at the crossroads in dinky Ditchling, just down from the Beacon (and if you’re about to tackle that in the upward direction you’re really going to need to fill your boots here first!).
It’s been up and running a few months and I first went in just after it opened but the wait time was so long on that occasion I thought it best to wait to tell you good people about it once it had hit its stride.
As you pack up your picnic blanket for the year you can still get your fix of waterside dining at these Sussex eateries by sea, river and lake with indoor as well as al fresco views and less danger of seagulls nicking your chips.
Coast Cafe des Artistes, Worthing
This is the only cafe right on Worthing’s beachfront, a short stroll from the pier and Pavilion Theatre, and it’s a cosy grotto-like stone building with a deck area on the pebbles for when the weather’s playing ball.
Republica frontwoman Saffron Sprackling, most famous for nineties hits Ready to Go and Drop Dead Gorgeous is headlining ISFEST at Isfield in East Sussex this weekend – a fundraising event which features ten singers and bands with local connections. Saffron, who grew up in Sussex, spoke to Muddy Stilettos about her favourite places in the county.
My favourite place in the whole world, that inspires me, is Birling Gap on the coast and Cuckmere Haven.
What do the new cutting edge Museum of London building and a little beach café at Littlehampton have in common? The same architect as it turns out.
“Nice design!” I said, walking towards the West Beach Cafe in Littlehampton last weekend, yonks since I was last at the resort. I loved how the whole front could open and it was raised to give it a vantage point over the river mouth and sea.